Outstanding Grantees of the Year Angela McRoy, Outstanding Innovation and LeverageAngela McRoy won the Outstanding Innovation and Leverage Award working withNichol Ellis-McGregor of Project for Pride in Living. Working as a full time Personal Care Assistant,Angela was striving daily to save enough money to take the classes and exams that would certify her to becomeemployed teaching Yoga. Angela comments, “Thanks to MicroGrants, I completed my classes and am a certified Yoga Instructor. I have taken a new position in business development and am earning a good wage with a good future. Yoga is still a big part of my life and I am volunteer teaching. Thank you so much for your support in moving me closer to my dreams.”'Gail Weiss, Outstanding Progress and Biggest StepGail Weiss won the Outstanding Progress and Biggest Step Award working with ShariSibbaldt of Wilder Foundation. Right after graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree, Gail landed agreat job in her field, and right after that, her car broke down! Getting the vehicle back to safe, runningcondition wouldn’t have happened without MicroGrants. Gail says, "I had just gotten out of school and didn’t have the extra cash. With your help I got the auto repairs done, I have advanced in my career and I already saved enough money to buy my first new car. Without your help, I’d have definitely missed work and possibly lost my job which I worked so hard to get!”'Jerry Evans, Outstanding PersistenceJerry Evans is the Outstanding Persistence Award winner,working with Gina DeNardo of EMERGE. At only 22 years old,Jerry has a clear vision of being a successful business owner. Workingwith EMERGE, Jerry graduated property management training andalong the way, saw himself as a property owner too. The MicroGrantshelped him cover the tuition of his real estate classes and license. Jerrydeclares, “I now own a property management company and a property! WhileI’m growing my management company, I intend to sell a certain number of houseseach year. I am on track for success, and I acknowledge that my successes aren’tsolely based upon my efforts and hard work but upon my accountability to othersand the relationships I’ve built.”'Mitchel Anderson, Outstanding Creative UseMitchel Anderson won for Outstanding Creative Use working with Samantha Oakes of Project for Pride in Living (PPL). From successful photographer to several years homeless to Salvation Army to PPL and into Cabrini Housing! Nominated for MicroGrants, Mitchel was able to purchase a digital camera system to reopen his business. Mitchel remarks, “The $1000 grant really got things going for me again. I’ve shot weddings and fine art, my home is acting as a gallery and studio and I will have my digital photography degree in two years! This is a dream come true!”'Tanisha McGraw, Outstanding Strategic UseTanisha McGraw winner for Outstanding Strategic Use. Tanisha was caught ina cycle of temp jobs, some with overnight hours causing her to leaveher teenage son home alone all night; something had to change! Shelearned about Twin Cities RISE and saw that it had what she wanted -a better life, a better future. She immediately enrolled in classes andwas passing every one of them in the 95 percentile! Tanisha shakes herhead, “Then my car broke down and it was clear that I would have to leaveTCR classes and go back to temping so I could get my car working again. ButMicroGrants allowed me to fix my car, finish my classes and I’ve landed a greatjob where I’m required to have a reliable car to transport and visit clients!“'Tseregeda Cherinat, Outstanding EntrepreneurshipTseregeda Cherinat vision, motivation, determination, and even clients.She had everything to open her own sewing and alteration business - well, everything but the money to purchase the sewing machine and serger. Tsegeredashares, “It was either pursue my sewing business or give up the dream and get a job just to pay the bills. I will always be grateful for your help in getting the supplies I needed to get my business started and make my living at what I love to do!"'