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October AmeriCorps Member of the Month: Treatrous Jackson

Treatrous (Treat) Jackson is new to the CALM AmeriCorps team this program year, but in just over two months, she has definitely made an impression on the community she serves. Treat discovered CALM through her participation and graduation from their Family Individual Development Account (FIDA) classes. Through the education she gained in this class, the support of the ministry, and the matching funds Treat was able to attend college, purchase a home, and start her own business -- creating a much better life for herself over the last five years. She now has a desire to give back and support others through the program. Treat has faithfully met and pursued potential class participants sharing with them the benefits of the class. She has also helped serve the FIDA classes by providing transportation, arranging child care for parents in the class with young kids, and mentoring class participants.

Treat reflects on her first few weeks as an AmeriCorps members saying, “Being granted the opportunity to serve as a member of AmeriCorps has been a great experience. I have been fortunate to reap the benefits of the very program that I am lending my service too. FIDA is a program that allows me to give my actual testimony and give back. Approximately three years ago I was in the home buying process. This was an exciting yet scary endeavor to navigate through! I received my financial literacy through CALM and they assisted me with not just funding but also encouraged and supported me in my dream to become a home owner. Now as a member of AmeriCorps, I can now help others fulfill their dream no matter the dream. For many a home is not their passion -- it may be higher education or being an entrepreneur. The tools that we offer our FIDA participates are life tools that will help them for the rest of their lives.”

Published on Monday, November 25, 2013