Climb Wyoming’s Gillette program was established in 2004, featuring such trainings as short-haul truck driving, warehouse tech­nol­ogy and healthcare careers.

Contact Information

405 West Boxelder Road, #B4
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: (307) 685-0450
Email: gillette@climbwyoming.org

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Success Stories

Stephani

# of Kids: 1 Previous Occupation: Part-time retail Previous Wage: $1,096/month Current Occupation: Collins Communications Current Wage: $2,773/month Stephani completed Climb's Professional Workflow Specialist training.

“Before Climb, I had been on food stamps and Medicaid, but I really wanted to break away from that. Climb gave me the ability to get off public assistance. That’s a daunting thing. Being able to support my child on my own feels so much better. My new job offers financial stability, full health insurance, and dental. I came from a pretty broken home, so that’s what you hope for as a mom—to give your kids a better life than what you had. I hope it paves the way for my daughter to know that she’s capable of doing anything as long as she puts work into it.”

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Lori

# of Kids: 4 Previous Occupation: Retail Previous Wage: $17,721/year Current Occupation: Concrete Driver/Pete Lien & Sons Current Wage: $46,800/year Lori completed Climb's Short-Haul Truck Driving (CDL) training.

“When my mom moved to Wyoming, she had $20 to her name. We were four months behind on rent, two months behind on our truck payment, and had sold almost everything we had. My younger siblings and I told her to check out Climb and go for it. We all just about fell over with excitement when we found out she’d been accepted. We were really proud of her. Climb wasn’t just a truck driving school. It helped her deal with things she’d encountered in life that are more important than how to drive. Her job is very physical, but Climb equipped her emotionally, too. The biggest change in my mom is that Climb really improved her self-esteem. Now we work together at Pete Lien & Sons. My mom is making so much progress financially. I attribute a lot of what we have now to Climb. And my mom—she’s one of the strongest people I know.” — Zachariah, Lori's Son

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Sara

# of Kids: 4 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: Unemployed Current Occupation: Apartment Manager, NEW Management Current Wage: $3,102/month Sara completed Climb's Professional Workflow Specialist training.

“As a mother, you have to try to hold yourself together when things are hard, but when you have to decide whether to keep the lights on or put food on the table, it’s extremely stressful. I had no healthcare, no PTO, no 401k. It was just take your paycheck and go home, and it meant relying on state support. At Climb, you have to open up and look at what’s held you back. You shed a lot of tears, but that’s part of growing with other people in a nonjudgmental environment. We’re not on any state assistance anymore, and it’s amazing to not have to rely on anybody. We don’t have to struggle to go to the grocery store or worry about new school shoes or supplies. There’s less stress and chaos—in my house and in my job. I just got married and life is good!”

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Breanne

# of Kids: 1 Previous Occupation: Unemployed Previous Wage: Unemployed Current Occupation: Resource Development Specialist, United Way of Campbell County Current Wage: $2,600/month Breanne completed Climb's Professional Workflow Specialist training.

“I was feeling really frustrated that I just couldn’t find the right job for me. At times I was really hard on myself. Then we did this activity where we had paper plates on our backs and everyone in the group wrote something positive about each of us. When I saw what they wrote, it was so uplifting. I still have that plate—it’s hanging up for when I start to feel upset or down. Climb’s training helped me overcome some of what was holding me back. My job now is great because I get to give back and help people in the community who are struggling like I was. I have become a better me for my daughter. I love her seeing my happiness. Climb has given this light in our lives that is never going to be dimmed.”

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Staff

Tomi Barbour

Contract Mental Health Provider

A Campbell County native, Tomi feels connected and invested to the Gillette community. She has previously worked in Veterans Affair's, youth facilities, and community mental health centers. Tomi joined the Climb Wyoming program in August of 2014. She is excited to continue to provide services to local moms. In addition to her work at Climb, Tomi owns a private practice in Gillette.

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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

ANB Bank – Gillette
Campbell County Health – OB
Campbell County School District (CCSD)
Campbell County Treasurer’s Office
Collins Communications
Delta Wye Inc.
E&S Electrical Services
Gillette Optometric Clinic
Gillette Senior Center
K&M Energy Services Inc.
Life Connections
Primrose Retirement Community – Gillette
Wyoming Dept. of Family Services – Gillette
First National Bank
HUB International
Team Properties Group
Lubnau Law Office

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