A Client Story:  A Former Client Now Refers Others to Wings

To the women veterans she now counsels in her job at the Veterans Administration, Janet has some powerful words to share:  I’ve been in your shoes.

Back in 2008, Janet was referred to Wings for Success through a local welfare office, which had been providing food assistance and medical coverage for herself and her daughter. Janet, who had worked in various short-term jobs, was hoping to put her associates degree to work in a more long-term and professional position.

She remembers distinctly her first impression of Wings: “I was surprised there was a place like that for people. I guess I expected it to look like Goodwill with clothes piled up. When I walked in, I was so amazed. I was treated like a queen. I thought I was shopping at Lord and Taylor!”

Janet wore an outfit she received at Wings for her job interview at the VA, where she was hired in February of 2011 as a Vocational Specialist.

In a tale that comes full circle, Janet now refers a number of VA clients to Wings. She talks with pride about one client in particular—a reserved woman—whom she brought to Wings. “Going to Wings together brought our relationship to another level,” Janet says. “It was the first time I saw her smile and laugh.”

Janet now views trips to Wings as a bonding opportunity between herself and her clients. She is quick to share her own story with the women she counsels, telling them how nicely she was treated at Wings and what a difference the experience made in building her self-esteem. As Janet aptly sums up: “How a person looks on the outside has a lot to do with how they feel on the inside.”

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