For months, Tiesha Smith had dreamed of ringing the bell.

Sometimes, a week would pass without the sound of it. Then, while sitting in one of her job training classes at the workforce development agency Philadelphia Works, she would hear it peal.

As in It’s a Wonderful Life, the sound of the bell meant someone had received wings. It meant someone had landed a job. And now, they were ringing the brass bell in the lobby – “the sweet bell of success” – to celebrate, to let everyone know.

Tiesha wanted to ring that bell.

She wanted to hear someone say to her: “I want to offer you this position.”

That’s what kept her motivated during all those mornings on the El from West Philly to the job center at Suburban Station, operated by JEVS Human Services. Learn how Philadelphia Works helped Tiesha ring the bell on

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