When we first met Ibiene, she could barely look us in the eye. During intake, we found out that she was married at a young age to the chief of her tribe in Nigeria. He died, and tradition held that the heads of his wives be buried with him. Terrified for her life, Ibiene turned to UN workers who helped her flee to Canada and apply for refugee status. But she had to leave her six kids behind.
She came to Interval House with the simple hope that she could find a job and eventually reunite with her children, but she realized her true potential during the two week program. In a few short days, she discovered her skills and found her confidence. Ibiene went on to work with our Job Developer, and began a career in airport security. Now with her steady income, she's working on bringing her children to her new home in Canada.