We are super proud to announce that the hard work and determination of one of our women’s recovery program residents, Whitney Hixson, has paid off — she earned her GED! She is the first Big Fish Ministries resident to achieve this accomplishment.
We are grateful for our partnership with the South Baldwin Literacy Council (SBLC), an organization dedicated to helping our students make their dreams a reality. SBLC helped make this accomplishment possible for Whitney.
Our partnership with SBLC began earlier this year and our residents are already starting to reap the benefits. Not only does SBLC offer GED tutoring and test preparation, but they also serve our students with life skills and workforce readiness training including computer skills, a budgeting workshop, résumé building and mock interviews.
Students in our program who were unable to complete their high school education often experienced hardships outside of their control, such as emergency family issues or economic hardship. Others succumbed to life-defeating substances and behaviors before graduation. Returning to school not only provides new potential employment opportunities for men and women in recovery but helps our residents build self-confidence and presents opportunities for healing from old emotional wounds as well.
“Without the encouragement and support from my Big Fish family, I may have never achieved this goal in my life,” says Whitney.
We rejoice with our students, already overcomers in many ways, who are pursuing their education as an investment in their exciting, redeemed futures. Congratulations, Whitney!