Kim’s Story

After Kim’s release from Albion Correctional Facility in 2002, Kim worked as a Nurse’s Aide to support herself. One day, a counselor asked Kim “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “A nurse!” Kim replied without hesitation. This conversation would change Kim’s life.

After meeting with the counselor, Kim remembered hearing about an organization that would help her finish college: College and Community Fellowship (CCF). Excited and motivated, Kim called CCF to schedule an appointment—even though she had little support from her friends and family, who discouraged her by insisting that her prison record would prevent her from becoming a nurse.

“I remember going to CCF and telling them I want to be a registered nurse,” says Kim, “and the people at CCF said, ‘OK, here’s what we’re going to do to help you achieve that goal.’”

With CCF’s mentoring, academic counseling, peer support and financial assistance, Kim obtained an associate’s degree in Applied Science/Nursing in May 2007, got married in August 2007 and worked as a graduate nurse until May 2008, at which time she passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

CCF was able to help Kim obtain her Certificate of Relief of Disabilities (which helps to remove legal barriers or “disabilities” imposed due to past conviction of a crime). Kim nursing license was approved by the Nursing Board on April 2, 2009. In the meantime, as an active member in CCF’s Speaker’s Bureau and Theater for Social Change, Kim is an effective advocate for access to higher education among the formerly incarcerated and a positive force in helping others to achieve their dreams. She is now working on her bachelor’s degree with the ultimate goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

“The encouragement, knowledge, and opportunities CCF has afforded me are priceless,” says Kim, “I love my life!”