Hailing from Illinois originally, Mary migrated to the Branson area after losing her family to COVID in 2020. With a history of hardship, drugs and unforeseen life circumstances, Mary found it increasingly difficult to find hope for a better future. With the encouragement of a friend, Mary – reluctantly – enrolled in Elevate Work. Soon though, Mary’s heart would soften, and as she embraced the community and the commitment to doing the difficult work required of her to overcome her roadblocks, Mary for the first time in a long time, knew that things could be different. Since graduating from the Elevate Work program earlier this year, Mary has made significant strides towards accomplishing her goals. Recently, Mary obtained her driver’s license after driving illegally for over 16 years, and saved up enough money to pay off the fines accumulated during that time. Mary’s next goal is to purchase a car, and we have all the confidence she’ll do just that!