#UrbanUpboundMothers: How Extra Support Helps Tanya Vasquez

Tanya Vasquez. Copyright: Urban Upbound.

Looking for support during COVID

Before Tanya started her journey with Urban Upbound, she had been to several different employment programs and never saw the results she was expecting. It was hard for her to find a job that would be able to meet her financial needs, especially without a high school diploma. Studying for the HSE exam meant that she had less time for job applications and to go to job interviews. In addition to that, Tanya had to take care of her children. Before the pandemic, she was able to enroll her kids in a daycare and an after-school program with the government’s assistance. Unfortunately, the little help that she had been receiving was cut short when New York went ‘on pause’.

Tanya Vasquez and her kids. Copyright: Urban Upbound.

Urban Upbound’s Support

Five months into joining our program, Tanya gained enough confidence to take the HSE test. With the guidance from the Urban Upbound coaches, Tanya finally took the test in February 2020. When she found out that she passed the test, she felt that this accomplishment set her on the path forward. She became more optimistic and was jolted into taking more actions.

Tanya Vasquez studying. Copyright: Urban Upbound.

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A collection of stories around NYC’s public housing communities curated by Urban Upbound, a non-profit organization with a mission to break cycles of poverty.