Three years ago, Sakeria Coffey was going through a rather tough time. Her husband had just been sent to prison during the pregnancy of their sixth child and she was facing some dire health issues herself. Holding down a job was becoming impossible. But in April of 2016, she entered the doors of the EARN program (Employment, Advancement and Retention Network), which offers a range of employment and training services to economically disadvantaged citizens. They laid out a specific 12-month strategic plan to get Sakeria on the road to self-sufficiency.
One month later, she was working as an agent for Alorica’s Green Tree site in Pennsylvania. Three months after that, Sakeria was promoted to Culture Champion, completely phasing out of the EARN program … eight months ahead of schedule! She was getting her life back on track and she hasn’t looked back since.
When asked how she likes being the Culture Champion at Green Tree? “I love this position,” she says, “because it gives me the opportunity to help people and to make a difference, referring them to programs that’ll be able to help them. The same barriers that I fought myself and struggled with as a single mom.”
She added, “It’s a blessing to be able to be a blessing.”
Her site leader, Heather Marten, has nothing but praise for Sakeria who she affectionately refers to as her right hand: “Sakeria is not only finding success for herself, but helping set others up to be successful as well. She is also starting college courses in May for business while raising six children and caring for her grandmother. She is a fantastic asset, a great employee, and a phenomenal human being.”
And Sakeria just found out that EARN nominated her for the exclusive Governor’s Achievement Award. From the EARN email, “Once a year, each center nominates one person from the previous fiscal year who has shown successful growth while in the program.” And this year it’s Green Tree’s Sakeria Coffey!
If she wins she’ll be swept off to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the ceremony in May. Join us in wishing her all the best for the Achievement Award and on all her future endeavors at Alorica!