Today marks the last day of Older Americans Month. Throughout the month of May, we showcased our successful senior clients who are “Blazing a Trail” in their lives! (Visit our Facebook page to see how our clients are Blazing a Trail!) For our final Older Americans Month blog post, our client Dana Linscott authored his own post about how he is blazing a trail in his career by earning his General Equivalency Diploma (GED)!

Read more in Dana’s self-authored post, below:

“My name is Dana Linscott.  Four years ago, I found myself unemployed and ended up at the Goodwill Belfast Career Center.  It was then that I was referred to the Senior Community Service Employment Program at National Able Network.  My first assignment was with the Belfast Soup Kitchen, and after that I started a different assignment with the Goodwill Store in Belfast.

These two experiences helped boost my self-esteem.  I one day realized I have always struggled to find employment when I didn’t even have a high school diploma or even my GED.  So, I decided to finally do something about it. I started taking classes through adult education in Belfast in order to obtain my High School Diploma. With the help of National Able Network, I have received the support necessary to achieve my goals of finishing high school, while at the same time participating in a paid training that has been helping me gain skills and continued confidence.

I am now assigned to Belfast Community Television and training with talented and knowledgeable people that are helping me with my goals.  I will officially be a high school graduate as of June 1, 2016.  I have no doubt that soon after that I will become employed and be able to say, ‘I could not have done it without the help and support of National Able Network and all the wonderful people I have met along the way.'”