Virginia ChaviraRegistered Nurse
Virginia Chavira, a 40-year-old single mother of 3 came to Project ARRIBA with hopes of becoming a participant. Virginia was attending the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Registered Nurse program and was unable to finance her needed summer semester as financial aid was not offered during the summer. Virginia had no family support. She relied on student loans, food stamps, social security for one of her children and child support. She shared with her case manager that she felt that at her age, obtaining her bachelor’s in nursing was her last option in order to be able to provide for her children. Virginia was accepted into Project ARRIBA and received the much needed financial assistance, as well as the moral support she lacked from her family. Virginia was able to finish her bachelor’s degree at UTEP, passed her nursing exam and was hired at University Medical Center of El Paso, Project ARRIBA’s employer partner. Earning well over the living wage goal of $14 per hour, Virginia is now able to provide for her family and recently was able to purchase her own home. Virginia is now contributing to the economy of El Paso.