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“If You’re Looking to Change Your Life, This Is the Place to Come To”

April is Financial Capability Month! We are celebrating by sharing stories that highlight our financial stability work. 

Jovan Sams discovered his passion for mechanics as a teen growing up in Chicago’s Jane Addams projects. But the lingering cloud of a felony conviction kept him unemployed for six years and led to bankruptcy. Fortunately, he connected with a LISC-supported Bridges to Opportunity program and took advantage of “everything they had to offer.” Now he works a good-paying union job with the Chicago Transit Authority, and has a robust credit score to boot. A video from North Lawndale Employment Network, where Sams turned his life around, tells the story.