Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty

Randy MaconUncategorized

Nye’Keisha Marshall took the Getting Ahead class in 2016. She has 4 kids and a husband on disability. She was on all social services and working 2 jobs. After taking the Getting Ahead she attending the Staying Ahead classes – Money Matters 101, Boundaries and Parent University. She noticed that when she learns things, her life seemed to get better. She applied for a Bridges vehicle and received a used car that was donated to our program. She was given a $500 car loan from a local bank and paid it off in 1 year. She quit both of her jobs and enrolled at NSU in Tahlequah. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Organizational Management with the goal of starting a Bridges program in Tahlequah. In 2022, the Cherokee Nation started a Bridges program and asked us to recommend a Getting Ahead graduate for the job of Getting Ahead Coordinator and we recommended Keisha. Keisha started her job earlier this year and is implementing every thing she learned to execute Getting Ahead classes. She is now off all social services and her family is thriving. We to her to the National Conference in San Antonio in 2021 and she stood up in front of 300 people and gave her testimony and brought everyone to tears.