Overcoming Challenges, Realizing Possibilities

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – At the start of a new year, many people pause to reflect back on where they’ve been and look ahead to where they’re going. That’s certainly the case for one local woman. We met Clorisa Provens on New Year’s Day to talk about some of the challenges she’s overcome and the possibilities she’s beginning to realize.

Provens’ difficulties began in 2010. She was the victim of four car wrecks. In each case, her vehicle was rear-ended. The single mother of three was left shaken and injured. Surgeries followed but she remained unable to raise her right arm. As a hospice worker, that meant she could no longer meet the physical demands of her job. Eventually, her savings ran out and she lost her home.

By 2011, Provens says she was also on the verge of losing hope, when she heard about the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Madison County. She took a chance and turned in an application for the program. To her surprise, she was accepted and immediately began attending classes four-days a week. She graduated a year later and, “the day that I finished I got a phone call from a job. (I) hadn’t even filled out an application.”

Her hard work in the CWJC program had been noticed. Things began to turn around. Provens began her new job with an area medical practice, moved back to her hometown of Athens and found a new house for her family. Now, she hopes to help others and offers these words of encouragement to anyone going through hard times, “never give up. Just don’t give up. Please don’t give up.”

To learn more about becoming a student with the Christian Women’s Job Corps, visit the organization’s website or call (256) 428-9461. Classes are held at First Baptist Church on Governors Drive, Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church on Winchester Road and The Place Ministry Center on Pulaski Pike. Each location has a different class schedule and application deadline. All are currently accepting applications.


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