Mirna and her husband arrived in Houston in 2009 with no network and no local medical certifications. But they were determined…and they weren’t alone!

Once here you have to reinvent yourself,” recalled Mirna. “Going back to get a degree was expensive and with the residency, it was nearly impossible to find the resources and time to do it.

A medical assistant certificate costs up to $12,000. In addition, Mirna found it impossible to navigate new and complex systems.

That’s when your generosity—and the BakerRipley team—created a pathway of opportunity.

With hard work, Mirna was accepted into a medical billing program made available through a BakerRipley and Houston Community College partnership. She also received financial assistance for tuition from BakerRipley. Then, COVID-19 hit, and social distancing threatened to put another halt to her journey. Yet, she was determined. With the help of BakerRipley’s online resources, training, and financial support, Mirna received her certificate. And that meant earning a living wage.

That’s why it’s so critical that you stand with us right now. Will you make a gift to help raise $100,000 in October that will lift these men and women above and beyond the obstacles that stand in the way of their goals?

When you make a gift today, you can be sure you’re creating industry-specific ESL classes to help with resumé and job application processes, ensuring Houston workers go from candidates to employees!

For our neighbors, every gift is crucial, and your support matters!