Climb Wyoming’s Cheyenne program was the first estab­lished in the state, back in 1986. In that time, the program has trained women in indus­trial systems tech­nol­ogy, con­struc­tion trades, office careers, and health­care careers. In 2011, the site expanded to add an addi­tional team to the program, 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

Commercial Driving

Location: Cheyenne Type: Commercial Driving Information Meeting: Tuesday, November 7 at 6 p.m., Climb Wyoming's Downtown Cheyenne Office, 123 E 17th St. Start Date: December 2017 Are you ready to double or triple your income working in one of Cheyenne’s highest-paying industries with wages at $15-20/hr.? Stable career opportunities are waiting, from water delivery to school bus driving, that have you working a regular schedule in town, and home at night. Moms drive trucks of every shape and size: small delivery trucks, school buses, flatbed trucks…local industries need you! Come meet us. Childcare is not provided so please plan accordingly.

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Success Stories

Tara

# of Kids: 3 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: Unemployed Current Occupation: Driver, Duran Construction Current Wage: $3,466/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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Michelle

# of Kids: 1 Previous Occupation: Full-time Waitress Previous Wage: $13,195/year Current Occupation: Patient Financial Services with Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Current Wage: $29,120/year Michelle Climb's Cheyenne Health Information Technology training.

"The genuine support and interest that the Climb staff had helping me make a change in my life has stuck with me. As a single mom who needs assistance, you are looked at differently in the community. Climb doesn’t look down on you and they believe in you when no one has believed in you before. The biggest benefit to me sounds small – I pay all of my own bills! I have a savings account for myself and my son. I was unhappy having to go and get assistance and now I can support myself and start to do more. My son is in school now, and he sees me set goals and achieve them and provide for us – the same things I would hope for him when he grows up."

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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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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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Staff

Alison O’Hashi

Mental Health Provider

A psy­chol­o­gist for 22 years, Alison has been a valuable addition to the Climb Wyoming team since 2009, providing indi­vid­ual and group coun­sel­ing for the Cheyenne program.  Alison also performs psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions for the State of Wyoming, and even serves as a dance instruc­tor at Bodylines.  She also is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters.

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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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Misty Savage

Assistant 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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Shawn Casey

Business Liaison

Shawn joined Climb as a Business Liaison in 2012.  She came to Climb with more than 30 years expe­ri­ence working in Sales and Man­age­ment in Cheyenne.  Shawn considers herself an honorary Wyoming native having spent the last 40 years living and raising a family in Cheyenne.  She is also active in the local arts community, serving on the board for a local dance theater and per­form­ing and directing in a community theater.

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Molly Kruger

Program Director

A part of the Climb Wyoming team for more than six years, Molly grew up in Wyoming and has enjoyed returning to her home town of Cheyenne. She has a counseling back­ground, which has been helpful in relating to the Climb phi­los­o­phy of sup­port­ing the careers and lives of mothers in the Cheyenne community and through­out Wyoming.

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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.

$2,492

Is the average monthly income after the Climb program. The average before was $1,038.

74%

of participants are employed in higher paying jobs two years after Climb program completion. 46% are employed before participating.

32%

of participants are on food stamps two years after Climb program completion, whereas 52% percent were on food stamps before starting the program.

13%

of participants are on public healthcare two years after Climb program completion, compared to 32% of participants on public healthcare before participating.

Employer Partners

AZCO Inc.
Cheyenne Eye Clinic
Cheyenne Healthcare Center
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
Cheyenne Skin Clinic
Continue Care Home Health
Croell Redi-Mix
Duran Construction
Employee Onboarding Services, LLC
Granite Rehabilitation and Wellness
Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County
Holly Frontier
JE Dunn Construction
Lincare Inc.
Meridian Trust FCU
Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local 192
Stitches Acute Care
4 Quarters Excavation &
Development Inc.
United States Postal Service
US Engineering
Wyoming Bank & Trust

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