Faith Refuge’s Career Academy program helps change lives

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“Life changing,” that’s how Faith Refuge’s Client Case Manager, Megan Cox describes the past four years of her life. 

She told us, “I came here because I was on drugs since I was 16 and I was running from a lot of things” 

Looking for a place to live and, a second chance at life, Cox said she found herself at Faith Refuge, and within months she enrolled in their Career Academy program.

CEO of the Wichita Falls Faith Mission, Steve Sparks said, “We had so many women who are coming here who are really in need of re-entering the job market and they needed some skills and so we decided to make this available to our clients and then about a year into it, we decided to make it available to the public.” 

The Faith Refuge Career Academy program gives women of all ages and all walks of life a chance at getting their lives together.

Sparks continued to say, “It’s been a really good program. The success rate has been phenomenal, we probably average about 80 percent of the women who graduate leaving here with jobs and housing already.” 

After graduating from the academy, Cox said she got her first full-time job at the refuge, helping others the same way she was helped. She said four years ago, she didn’t imagine she would be where she is now.

Cox told us, “It just amazes me and I know it’s all God. Without him, I wouldn’t even be here or alive.” 

Sparks said stories and life experiences like Cox’s is exactly why he started the program

“My goal,” Sparks said, “when I came here was to listen to as many stories as I could from the men and women who came in because my motto is every person has a story and every story matters to God.” 

He told us it’s been a privilege for him to help so many in the community bounce back on their feet.

The Career Academy is currently looking for its next program director, someone’s who’s passionate about changing lives.

Sparks said he is accepting applications until June 28th, someone with a background in education will be a great fit.

For more information about the career academy, simply visit Faith Refuge Career Academy.

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