NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In the past 10 years, the Christian Women's Job Corps in Nacogdoches has taught hundreds of women job and life skills to help them reach their life goals.
Now more women are being offered the same opportunity as registration begins for fall classes.
One graduate encourages women to take on the challenge.
Mary Balan stepped into Christian Women's Job Corps in Nacogdoches as an insecure woman overcoming a difficult past. After 14 weeks of classes where deep friendships formed, she became a changed woman who had learned how to step out.
"Step out because we are with you because we are going to support you to the end and after," Balan said. "They are still helping me deal with myself, to be better and better every day."
Job Corps program coordinator Becky Adams referred to it as a "sisterhood."
"That develops among everyone between the volunteers and the participants and the participants on their own," Adams said. "They all develop such a close bond of friendship."
"We become a family," Balan said. "When we become a family we open up."
Mary's confidence grew. Upon graduation in 2014, Job Corps asked Balan to teach math, a subject she excels in.
"I said, 'I'll take a chance,' and I did it. I was excited," Balan said.
Balan Job Corps taught her job and life skills to become a better wife and mother. She's devoted to the responsibility.
"I am grateful to have these three children," Balan said.
All three children are starting school in a few weeks. Mary is hoping it will give her more time to volunteer for a favorite organization.
"Yes, Christian Women Job Corps, yes, you can do it," Balan said.