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

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Success Stories

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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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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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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Staff

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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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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Heather Colson

Program Coordinator

Heather has lived in Cheyenne for 13 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She's an avid photographer, especially of her two kids, and thinks working for Climb has really rounded out her life.

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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.

$2,317

Is the average monthly income for graduates two years after the Climb program. The average before was $1,123.

93%

of graduates were employed full-time at program end in 2018

85%

decrease in food stamp usage by participants two years after Climb

200%

increase in graduates on private health insurance two years after Climb

Employer Partners

4 Quarters Excavation & Development Inc.
Aspen Wind Assisted Living
Cheyenne Radiology
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
Croell Inc. – Cheyenne
Direct Hauling
Employee On-boarding Services
Fresenius Kidney Care – Cheyenne
Hutchinson Construction
JE Dunn
Laramie County School District #1
Laramie County School District #1 Transportation
Life Care Center of Cheyenne
LRP One Trucking Inc.
Professional Transportation Inc.
Sierra Hills Assisted Living
Union Pacific Railroad
United States Postal Service
UW Family Medicine
XPO Logistics

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