(Above: These three sisters all graduated from different CNA trainings in Casper and now share an employer and the joy of self-sufficiency.)
Brittney found her way to Climb Wyoming first—she had been trying to finish college but it just wasn’t working as a single mom and she was falling behind.
Her sisters Ashley and Courtney were also single mothers, sharing the same challenges of finding housing and making ends meet for their kids.
“My daughter was sick, everything was so stressful, I’d lost my apartment, I just need to catch a break,” says Courtney.
“My relationship at the time was going downhill so fast and so violently,” says Ashley, “that I didn’t have time to look for a job. Life was chaotic.”
All three sisters had dreams of working in the medical field but didn’t know where to start. Their mom had been a CNA and so had their older sister and all of their aunts.
So Ashley and Courtney cheered for Brittney when she was accepted into Climb’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training in Casper. After watching her experience, Courtney applied and got into Casper’s next available CNA program, and Ashley followed right behind.
One after another, the three sisters graduated from Climb, successfully earned their CNA licenses, and now share a new career and something else, too—the same employer. They all work at Casper’s Edgewood Senior Living.
“Climb helped us get to the first step in what we knew we wanted to do,” Ashley says. “I see it with my sisters that it helped all of us grow, become more independent, stronger and braver. It was definitely a need for us. When we all became mothers, we thought we were going to have two-parent families, but life doesn’t give you everything you want.”
Life has changed a lot for all three sisters. “Me and my daughter are in a whole different place,” Courtney says. “I know that my bills are going to get paid and my daughter will be taken care of. We’re saving for a house and my daughter has a bed frame and doesn’t have to sleep on a mattress on the floor. Before I was just saying ‘no’ to her all the time.”
At work, Courtney says it’s easy for the three siblings to be professional together, but they also have a lot of laughs. “The elderly don’t want to be treated differently, they just want to feel like a person. My parents always told us to respect and care for our elders, so it’s just what we know to do.”