Our team members at Wayne Metro are so important to the work we do to eliminate poverty in Wayne County, and we want to see everyone succeed in both their personal and professional lives. We invest in their growth through many resources that are available – from educational support to financial counseling.
Eraca Lilly, 38, started her relationship with Wayne Metro as a volunteer assisting with a
computer class. At the time, she was living in subsidized housing, her income was inconsistent, and she was receiving food assistance.
“I didn’t have education, but I had experience,” she said. “My former boss was impressed with my work and set me up with the CONNECT Center.”
A year after joining the team, Lilly became a direct service specialist while receiving support from Wayne Metro to finish her associates degree. She moved to basic needs and also joined the employee engagement committee. And now, five years after she first starting working with the organization, Lilly serves as Wayne Metro’s HUD Resident Opportunity Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Programs Coordinator. She has also undergone financial counseling, is on her way to achieving a bachelor’s degree in social work and has continued volunteering with the organization.
“I’m still on the ladder climbing out of poverty myself, but I am familiar with the struggles people go through, and I can help them now. It’s not easy, but I know it’s achievable,” said Eraca, the mom of a 15-year-old son. “I stand by what we do.”
Our team members use their individual strengths to help solve some of Wayne County’s toughest challenges and empower the community through collective impact. Wayne Metro employees can make a lasting impact in the fight against poverty and deliver tangible results that empower people and strengthen communities. Our employees teach independence and provide hope to the most vulnerable part of the population. Benefits include healthcare, education funding, professional development and a 401(K) plan with employer match and financial planning services.