Climb Wyoming’s Cheyenne program was the first estab­lished in the state, back in 1986. Since that time, the program has trained women in indus­trial systems tech­nol­ogy, commercial driving, con­struc­tion trades, office careers, and health­care careers. In 2011, the site expanded, giving the Cheyenne program an oppor­tu­nity to more than double the number of moms served in the community.

Contact Information

123 East 17th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: (307) 778-0094
Email: cheyenne@climbwyoming.org

Upcoming Trainings

Climb Wyoming is a resource and information hub for you during the COVID-19 situation, in addition to continuing to provide job training and placement services. As we look ahead and plan future programs, we are researching the workforce needs in our communities so that we can provide trainings and job placements that prepare single moms to work in professional jobs and be self-sufficient. We want to hear from you! ! We’d like to connect about your questions, needs, and upcoming programs, so please call us or write us.

Success Stories

Angelique

# of Kids: 2 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: $0 Current Occupation: Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local 192 Current Wage: $4,157/month Angelique completed Climb's Pipefitting training.

“My job placement with the local Plumbers and Pipefitters Union began with a construction company building air conditioning units for servers at a Microsoft facility, and now I’m an apprentice with the union and on track to become a Journeywoman! This is the most money I’ve ever made in my entire life and my first steady job. I didn’t work before Climb, other than waitressing in high school, but had to find a job when my partner went to prison. With my wages, I’ve been able to move out of my parents’ house and get my own car. The kids now have their own rooms and a place they know is theirs. It feels great to be able to give them what they need.”

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Tara

# of Kids: 3 Previous Occupation: Part-time food service Previous Wage: $800/month Current Occupation: Duran Construction Current Wage: $6,080/month Tara completed Climb's Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) training.

“My Climb program two years ago did a ropes course during orientation…and I’m terribly afraid of heights. But I did it and was so proud of myself. That’s what Climb has done for me ever since—pushed me to my limits and made me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to. My mantra all along has been, ‘I can do this…I’m doing it… I did it!’ Because of my earnings, I’m now buying the little farm that I dreamed of having when I was a girl. But it’s about more than a paycheck: now I feel secure. I don’t feel worthless. I’m doing this all on my own, and my kids are so proud of me for driving a big truck. Climb really has changed my life!”

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Tara

# of Kids: 3 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: Unemployed Current Occupation: Driver, Duran Construction Current Wage: $6,080/month Tara completed Climb's Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) training.

“In my life before Climb, I worked in bars and lived on food stamps and assisted housing. I wasn’t able to get a good job that had regular hours, so my kids were never home, never got to sleep in their own room. I couldn’t buy them clothes. It was hard for them. Now their lives have changed dramatically. They don’t have to worry about how we’ll get things. My daughter says she feels better, more secure knowing that mom is taking care of us. My whole life, I’ve quit things that are too hard—but at Climb I wanted to show that I could do anything! Learning to drive a truck was crazy since I’m only 5’2”, but I love it. Now I say, ‘try new things because you never know—you may find out you can do it.’”

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Christina

# of Kids: 3 Previous Occupation: Food Service Previous Wage: $455/month Current Occupation: Ophthalmic Technician, Cheyenne Eye Clinic Current Wage: $2,253/month Christina completed Climb's Administrative Professionals training.

“Before Climb, we were living on food stamps. We had to share a bedroom, and my son was having a lot of behavioral issues. My kids were really proud of me for doing Climb and trying to provide better for them. My son would always say, ‘I’m proud of you, mommy.’ The training made me feel more confident in my abilities to work outside of the food industry. I brought my daughter to work with me recently and she said, ‘Wow mom, you’re really smart.’ It does make me feel really smart to be able to teach my kids new things. We’re now off benefits completely. We’re hoping to be able to start buying a house soon and a new car. We have money in the bank, and my son’s behavior has gotten a lot better now that we’re stable.”

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Christina

# of Kids: 2 Previous Occupation: Housekeeper Previous Wage: $15,706/year Current Occupation: Outpatient Therapy Coordinator/Life Care Center Current Wage: $28,080/year Christina completed Climb's Health Care Information Technology training.

“When I found Climb, I was working in housekeeping and ending a relationship. I was distraught and didn’t know how I could make it on my own. I was upset with my situation and thought it couldn’t hurt to try something new. At the Life Care Center, I’ve moved up and been promoted. I love being able to do stuff for my kids. My daughter went to science and art camps this year. She plays the violin. I’m able to provide all that and pave the way because I have a good job and can help her achieve her goals. CLIMB gives you tools to make you feel like an independent single person. The staff set me up with the Wyoming Family Home Ownership Program, and I have been working with them for over a year and am getting ready to buy a house. CLIMB is really a lifetime service—the impact on my life just keeps on going.”

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Staff

Sarah Urbanek

Program Coordinator

Sarah was born and raised in Cheyenne. She is currently a full-time student, working on a human services degree with a concentration on children and families. She spends most of her free time raising six kids and attending various sporting events and enjoying family dinners together.  

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Valerie Arias

Business Liaison

A Cheyenne native, Valerie has worked with Climb Wyoming since 1998. Her many years of advocacy with this orga­ni­za­tion, as well as her degree in social science, has given her a unique per­spec­tive on the issues of single parenting in Wyoming.  She is also the proud mother of five and received the Athena Protégé award in 2006.

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Angi Lund

Assistant Program Director

With a strong desire to help others, Angi joins Climb after working with the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. Although not a native of Wyoming, she has called Wyoming home for more than 13 years. Combined, she and her husband have 7 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not at work, Angi might be seen around town with a camera in hand and often volunteers taking photos for other non-profits.  

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Misty Savage

Program Director

Enthu­si­as­ti­cally, Misty has worked with Climb since 2012.  She is honored to work with Climb in assisting the staff and the par­tic­i­pants as they reach for the goal of long-term success.  She lives happily with her husband and three wild and wonderful children. Misty may be seen through­out Cheyenne singing with her band 6 Grand.

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Results

On average, Climb graduates more than double their monthly income, reduce or remove their need for government assistance, and are still in jobs over two years after completing the program.

$2,436

Is the average monthly income for graduates two years after the Climb program. The average before was $1,151.

92%

of graduates were employed full-time at program end in 2019

87%

decrease in food stamp usage by participants two years after Climb

194%

increase in graduates on private health insurance two years after Climb

Employer Partners

Aspen Wind Assisted Living
AZCO Inc.
Cheyenne Healthcare Center
Cheyenne Regional
Medical Center
Croell Inc. – Cheyenne
Dobbs Trucking Inc.
4 Quarters Excavation
Fresenius Kidney Care – Cheyenne
Granite Rehabilitation and Wellness
Home Instead Senior Care
Knife River – Cheyenne
Laramie County School District #1
Life Care Center of Cheyenne
Lowes Distribution Center
May Trucking Company
Morandin Concrete
Murphy Company
Prime Inc.
Primrose Retirement Community
of Cheyenne
Synergy Home Health
UA Local 192 Plumbers and
Pipefitters
United Parcel Service
U.S. Engineering
VA Medical Center
Wyoming Education Association

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What Now?

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