Adult Education Success Story

Lori Manes found the start to success at Horizon Education Alliance.

Lori came to Horizon Education Alliance (HEA) Adult Education in early February 2014 with a dramatic history. She was pregnant and estranged from her family.

She says, “I was sleeping on a friend’s couch and was surrounded by fake marijuana. I knew I couldn’t bring a baby into that kind of life. So I asked myself, ‘life or death?’ and I walked away from everyone I ever knew and set my goal on making my life for my baby.”

She said she saw a cross on the sign for the Faith Mission, Elkhart’s shelter for the homeless, and she knew that was her first step. Finding incredible generosity at the Mission, she soon had a part-time job and learned about HEA Adult Education, a short walk away. Our distance only learning best fit her schedule and she was off and running. Lori worked every day on her lessons, sometimes coming to our lab: “I loved how I had a coach to guide me, and HEA is a great program because they offer one-on-one help, and not just with my lessons. They helped me to not get stressed out.”

Within six months, Lori passed her HSE (High School Equivalency) test and signed up at the Elkhart WorkOne for CNA training through Work Indiana. She now has a home through public housing, and has started the process of college applications to major in criminal justice. Change can happen, according to Lori, and it starts with education.
“I always refer people to HEA Adult Education.”

Article submitted by Barb Stith, Director of Horizon Education Alliance Adult Education and Lori’s teacher. The adult education program is one of five initiatives of HEA scanning education issues from birth to grave.