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This Success Story was written by a male Ivy Tech student who was spending the day at the Michigan City, IN WIC Clinic as part of his course of study.

 

(WIC Program of LaPorte County, IN administered by North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. located in Michigan City, IN)

The Women, Infant & Children’s (WIC) Program was truly a blessing in my time of need.  I had always prided myself in being self-supportive.  However, in 2009 my life was thrown into turmoil when the company that I had worked for closed its doors.  The timing could not haven worse for me.  We were expecting the birth of our second child in just two weeks and my whole life was flipped upside down.

As opportunities for employment were few and far between, my sparse financial reserves were quickly exhausted.  Eventually, I was no longer able to make the ends meet. Having always been able to make it on my own, I wasn’t sure where to turn.  Thankfully, I was notified of the WIC Program.  WIC afforded  me the opportunity to ensure that my child would have the chance to grow and develop in a healthy way.  I was nervous and ashamed when I had initially walked through the doors but I couldn’t have been more relieved by the time I left.  The staff was incredibly kind, understanding and accommodating.  They did a wonderful job of explaining the benefits of the program and I am thankful for the relationship that I formed with the staff during a time of need.

The additional support that WIC provided allowed me to make a drastic change in my life.  In early 2010 I made the decision to return to school so that I would be able to care for and support my children to the best of my ability.  The WIC Program helped me financially as I did not have to purchase formula, milk, cheese, baby food and other health food which helped me to pay for school expenses.  If it was not for the support of this program, I wouldn’t be able to say that I’m proud to be graduating in May 2014 with a degree in nursing from Ivy Tech Community College.

 

To learn more about this program click here: http://www.in.gov/isdh/19691.htm

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