Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Literacy Spotlight: Angela Baker

Angela Baker and Family

Angela Baker is a recent graduate of Christ Enrichment Center's Family Literacy program. Within nine months, she completed her GED, a task she had tried to tackle several times previously. She brought her reading level from a 5th to a 12th-grade level, and entered a Medical Assistant Program. Today Ms. Baker is supporting her children with a Medical Assistant career in Urgent Care and no longer receiving public assistance. She has her sights set on Nursing School, a dream since childhood that now feels attainable, she explained, through tears.

"I always told myself when I was growing up I would go into the medical field. But I wasn't able to because I was only 16 when I had my first son and my mom died when I was 15. It was hard and it pushed me out of school because I didn't have help. As I grew up I kept trying the GED programs but nothing worked."

Angela cherished her educational experiences, "With all the experiences I had with going to school, I loved it so much. It was so amazing. It was so amazing. It is something I always wanted to do."

The CEC Family Literacy Program was distinctive from other programs Angela had tried because of its flexibility. Angela could bring her children with her if necessary, or take work home if a conflict arose.

Angela's children have benefited beyond the financial improvement in the household. The children observed their mother complete something difficult and new-and Angela's 10-year-old daughter has a new goal for herself: Nursing School. Angela explained, "She now wants to go to Nursing School. She loves it." And her confidence has risen, "I'm proud of myself. I did it. And I just thank Ms. Connelly for everything. I wouldn't be where I am at without her."