It Takes a Village…

Tazewell County Career & Technical Center student Adam had just received his first full-time job offer but lacked the tools and vehicle required to accept it. Communities in Schools Coordinator Kriste Coleman and TCCTC JAG Program Coordinator Tyler Brooks put Adam in touch with case manager Lisa Hubbard. Adam explained to Lisa that he had a job offer from Swope Construction but needed his own tools and a reliable vehicle, or he wouldn’t be able to accept the position.

Lisa got to work immediately and used the ARPA Youth Program funding in Tazewell County to help Adam purchase all the needed tools. She also used the funding to help Adam with a $1,000 down payment on a car and pay for tags, registration, and the first month’s car insurance premium.

Amazing people across several agencies all pulled together to help prepare Adam’s car for the road. Community in Schools helped purchase a water pump, power steering pump, radiator hose, and antifreeze. TCCTC’s Automotive Technology Program provided free labor for minor repairs. Smith Ridge Pentecostal Church stepped in and donated $200.00 for a part that was needed at the last minute. Finally, the car was ready to go!

When the community pulls together, we can achieve great things. These agencies and programs came together to help this determined and goal-driven young man get a leg-up and begin a new career. We wish Adam the best of luck in his new job and bright future!