During a period of time when I lost my husband, my house and the security that had sheltered me in the previous years, PIT helped me rebuild my life. Like true builders they started with the foundation, and helped patch up the holes in my self esteem and self confidence. They then moved on and equipped with the tools I needed to rebuild my new life. These tools included counseling, a resume and eventually a job. My children and I are now happy and safe and I am prepared for any future storms that come my way. Thank you People in Transition!
Unfortunately there is no panacea for the displaced homemaker, but People in Transition comes close to fitting the bill. The staff continues to amaze me with their breadth of resources. With my varied and constantly changing needs, it is reassuring to know that PIT is there to help me make informed choices. Whether I need a "that's a girl" or a detailed action plan or just a sympathetic ear, someone is there to happily oblige. Non-judgmental and nurturing in their approach, the staff is steadfast in supporting their 'family.' I only wish I sought their guidance earlier in my transition.
People In Transition provided me with a life support system at a time in my life when things were very difficult. Dealing with a divorce after 18 years of marriage, having to return to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years, and beginning life as a college student at the age of 43 were some of the tough hurdles that I had to personally overcome. The People In Transition office came to my rescue. Just knowing there was someone who greeted me with a smile when I went to their office, assisted in the writing of my resume, helped me register for my first college classes, or acted as my counselor when I needed a shoulder to cry on or an ear for listening, made a significant difference to me. Thanks to them, I have made it through some of the most tumultuous and trying times of my life. I never hesitate to continue to seek their advice or refer someone who I believe could use their service!
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the valuable contributions both you and your colleagues make through your involvement with The Center for People In Transition. Your presence on campus here at Gloucester County College not only offers readily accessible services to those of us pursuing higher education, but also allows for immediate results in areas reaching far beyond the academic realm. As a displaced homemaker, gift cards for food, reconnection of utilities, books, and scholarships are just several examples of the level of commitment you and your staff make to the student population as a whole.
It is my hope to finally graduate in the Spring, 2008 and I wanted to thank you personally for believing in me and offering a helping hand when I needed it most.
I feel that People in Transition, helped me in several ways. I was able to sign up and take classes that deals with self esteem which helped assist me in knowing how not to beat myself up or putting too many high expectations on myself. In addition to that I was able to take advantage of a computer class which introduced me back to the basics. I also really appreciate the new school bags and supplies that were provided for my three children.
I contacted People in Transition during a very low point in my life...my divorce. I had left my job as a New Jersey State Trooper a few years prior to stay at home with my family and then was faced with having to go back to work in order to support myself and my children. I was really intimidated because I had been out of the work force for 5 years. Jeanne LaBuz sat down with me as if I were her own daughter and shoved confidence inside of me. We started at scratch to see what it was that I "wanted to do". Jeanne followed up with me consistently and still does today almost 2 years later. I now have a federal job working for the United States Marine Corps and I absolutely love it. I have never been so happy to go to work. Thank you Jeanne for sticking with me.
The staff and the resources that were available through People in Transition were invaluable to me in the navigation of the unknown waters of the divorce process. The staff is very compassionate and helpful and the workshops were extremely informative and beneficial. I took advantage of all that PIT had to offer which, I feel, made me better prepared to face my divorce from a legal, financial, and emotional perspective. I was even able to use the computer skills I learned in the Computer Workshop to create spreadsheets of financial information for the divorce paperwork I had to complete.
I am totally thankful for my friends in Gloucester County College. While in the midst of a horrible divorce and not knowing where to start or go, a friend of mine recommend I start with People in Transition. Beside the fact that the people there were so friendly and understanding, I was encouraged with tools that helped me find my way. If it were not for their insight and support I don’t believe I would have been able to find myself hope and direction again. Thank you Jeannie for your support!
I would like very much to contribute to what I think about People in Transition.
You were a very strong influence in encouraging me to complete my high school education;
the feeling of accomplishment was wonderful and so rewarding.(Thank You Jeanne!)
People in Transition also helped me obtain computer knowledge and other skills.
The program helped me to format a resume and also helped with the cost of faxing them.
I was also able to take some classes in personal development, which were so helpful and encouraging. I always look forward to the classes that are offered. I would be sad and at a lost if this program no longer existed.
Four years after running away from an abusive marriage, I was still afraid of him. I had lost my confidence. Even though I was college-educated, I didn't have enough courage and self-esteem to find a full-time job that used my talents. I went to PIT for help with my resume, and what I got was much, much more. I got my life back. The staff was professional, helpful, encouraging, and walked with me EVERY small step I took toward independence. Thanks to their help, I not only rewrote my resume, I found the job of my dreams, I got the advice I needed to be able to move to another town, and finally I am working at a job that pays me enough to make a good life for myself and my son. I couldn't have done this on my own. The PIT "divorce recovery" seminar I took gave me the coping skills to begin living in the present. The PIT counselors helped me professionally, personally, and emotionally. I'm facing a bright future and I'm not afraid anymore.
My name is Sue and I will be forever grateful to the People in Transition program at GCC for helping me through the most difficult and devastating period of my life. Through the one-on-one conversations and various workshops, the wonderful and caring individuals associated with this program provided me with everything necessary to enable me to begin a new and rewarding part of my life. Whether it was a gentle hug, an open ear or a lead on a job opening, their patience and understanding were invaluable to me.