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Marguerite Ridgway – Richmond

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 39 In 1978, Marguerite Ridgway served as a member of the first Advisory Council for the Displaced Homemakers Project (DHP).  She returned to NVME a few years later for assistance in a job change. To boost her confidence during a job search, Marguerite joined a DHP support group. This led to her applying for a carpentry apprenticeship at Bath Iron Works (BIW). At that time, …

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Shannon McLaughlin – West Gardiner

Soon after completing the class, Shannon started an internship with MaineGeneral Health (MGH). After a successful few months, she became a full-time practice coordinator. “Without My Next Career Move, I would not have imagined that I could translate my skills into something in the health care field. The class gave me the confidence to apply for this terrific opportunity. I found work where I can contribute – where my talent and perspective are respected.”

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Rachel Sukeforth – Hallowell

As a woman with a STEM degree, Rachel was highly qualified for a career in Environmental Science. Still, she faced a competitive and discouraging job search in 2011. “When I came to NVME (then Women, Work, and Community) I knew I needed a new approach to my search. My advice to anyone in a similar position is to be open-minded and patient.”

Natalie St Pierre – Belfast

Natalie St Pierre – Belfast

“New Ventures Maine is a cheerleader for folks who need an extra push to awaken the potential within them that they don’t quite see. The program helped me say, ‘Here is my goal, this is how I can achieve that goal, this is my roadmap, and once the roadmap is there, I can do whatever I want.’ I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the strength and support of NVME.”

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Melissa Barez – Rockland

“It’s not an easy thing to change your entire lifestyle. Learning how to work with a budget has allowed me to change my life for the better. Learning how money works gives control to the person who wields it, instead of being controlled by it.”

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Meghan Henshall – Portland

“When New Ventures Maine encouraged me to apply for a Family Development Account to match my savings for school, I realized I could make nursing school a reality.”

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