|Rebecca DeSouza (left) with HAC's Jan Nelson.|
There is an inherent thrill that Hyannis’ Rebecca DeSouza gets when she works with her two daughters, Alexia, 10, and Cheyenne, 8, on their school projects. “It is so awesome to watch my girls while they are learning,” she said.
That excitement may explain why DeSouza hopes to one day become an elementary school teacher once she receives her associate’s degree from Cape Cod Community College. “I have a semester and a half left,” she said inside HAC’s offices earlier this spring upon her completion of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.
FSS is a work program that provides incentives for those like DeSouza to increase their salaries and take that additional earned income and place it into an escrow account that can then be used for such purposes as purchasing a home, education or starting a business.
DeSouza, who is on HAC’s Constituency Committee, used FSS as a tool to enhance her business skills. In attaining the goals she had set out to accomplish – DeSouza has spent the past two years working at Kohl’s as a sales associate – she was able to graduate from the FSS program.
Soon, she will enter the program again as she sets out to complete a second goal: graduate from college.
Jan Nelson, HAC’s FSS coordinator, was eager to continue supporting DeSouza as she works towards her ultimate dream of inspiring those not unlike her own children. “Rebecca is hard-working and creative in how she does what is needed to accomplish her goals,” Jan said. “She is determined to succeed and I look forward to working with her in the FSS program again when she goes back to 4C’s for her associate’s degree and afterwards for her bachelor’s.”