"It's overwhelming and I'm excited because I worked really hard to get where I want to get."
Hard work payed off for Yasmin Discua as she received a check worth almost $25,000 on Tuesday afternoon from the Greenwich Housing Authority.
Yasmin Discua, who received the a check of $24,863.50 said "It's actually going to help me out in the long run for my family and myself and my nursing degree."
The Family Self Sufficiency program sponsored by the Greenwich Housing Authority and Family Centers,aids families in saving their own money to use toward their futures goals.
James Boutelle, one of the Commissioners at the Greenwich Housing Authority said "Tenants of public housing, either through escalating income or rent increases can take a portion of that money and set it aside and we put in a savings account for them. Ultimately they can use it as a potential down payment on a property to move out of public housing, or towards education which would hopefully lead toward hiring and again a route out of public housing."
Since 2006, the program has given over 77,000 dollars to nine families, helping them achieve economic stability.
Boutelle said "It's not just saving money for seven years. That is where Family Centers comes in so that is learning financial planning."
Discua added "If the opportunity for them comes up I think they should think about it. If they have the opporunity to join why not? It works out in the long run. It's something that is really good. Not everywhere, not everybody offers it and if it comes up, why not take it."