Opportunity Junction’s career training restores lives

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There’s pride in the portrait Gwenette Moore uploaded to her LinkedIn profile, head erect and smiling directly into the camera.

But the job title that appears under her name offers no hint of the struggles the 51-year-old Concord mother of three overcame to claim it.

Life dealt Moore a blow in 2011 when work-related injuries forced her to quit her job as a school bus driver and trainer that she had held for nearly eight years. She later got back on track with a new job and career, but then more stress landed in her lap when Moore’s husband of 16 years died three days before Thanksgiving in 2017. Less than two years later, her younger sister succumbed to a heart attack.

At work, the mounting pressure caused Moore to lose focus and she eventually made mistakes that cost her job.

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