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No Limits Neighborhood is changing lives

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Amarillo, TX - We continue to tell you how the No Limits No Excuses initiative aims to bring families out of poverty.

Lives are already being changed.

At San Jacinto Elementary they currently have 45 people in the GED program.

"Before, I was at home, not thinking of getting an education. I was having problems with the job and struggling to pay rent," says Jeannie Mendoza, No Limits Neighborhood Participant.

Due to her struggles, Jeannie Mendoza did not take time to focus on her son's education.

"I didn't push him in school or his school work. He was out playing more," says Jeannie Mendoza, No Limits Neighborhood Participant.

It was a struggle for her but with the help from her navigator, No Limits coach and San Jacinto Elementary, Jeanie says her life has turned around.

"It has changed in a lot of ways, like the relationship between me and my son. He'll come home and tell me that he's reading or that he's doing better in reading. He's proud of himself. I come and I stay on Tuesdays and Thursdays to work on my accuplacer for college and my GED," says Jeannie Mendoza, No Limits Neighborhood Participant.

"When I first met Jeannie, she was defeated. She just didn't believe there was any hope. During that time she's blossomed, she's confident," says Rita Rogers, neighbor navigator, No Limits Neighborhood.

Rita has not only been Jeannie's navigator but her friend.

"I've given her an ear, sometimes it helps to listen. Or I help her with her basic needs. If she can't go to school because she doesn't have gas, well we've been at the gas station several times before filling up her truck," says Rita Rogers, neighbor navigator, No Limits Neighborhood.

There are hundreds of area families in that position so the No Limits neighborhood aims to help solve that problem.

Three specific areas of town are targeted as the pilot program: San Jacinto, Whittier and South Lawn.

There are currently three coaches and several neighbor navigators.

"They can ask any questions they want to. We walk through it together, whether we go up and register, whether I help you study for your GED. It's that personal contact that just makes it more comfortable. It's a hand to hold and encouragement. Then they take off on their own," says Kim Zimmer, No Limits Success Coach Coordinator.

In the future they hope to extend their services to everyone in need within Amarillo.

"My navigator coaches me to succeed. She pushes me as a coach to go through this journey. I'm going to become somebody and I have to be somebody for my kids and show that motivation to my son," says Jeannie Mendoza, No Limits Neighborhood Participant.

To get any information on being a navigator call Elia Moreno at 806-322-2530.

If you're interested in getting your GED or in need of any other assistance call Kim Zimmer at 806-326-5217.