DNNC Steps to Success

DNNC Steps to Success works in partnership with Delane's Natural Nail Care to empower and nurture the growth and development of underserved woman of color by introducing participants to social skills, vocational training, and mentorship to affect a positive change in both their lives and that of their children.

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Started organically in 2000 by the nail salon owner, Delane Sims, and formalized in December 2016, DNNC Steps to Success is changing women's lives by giving them a job that pays a living wage, building self-esteem, encouraging continued education and providing programs and services that help our single mothers participants become more effective parents.

Our goal is to move women, especially those who receive Social Services, from poverty to sustainability, despair to hope, and struggling to thriving.

According to the CDC, of 10 million low-income working families with children, 39% are headed by single working mothers or about 4.1 million. Single-parent families are among the poorest in the nation and as such, are extremely vulnerable to homelessness. Among all homeless families nationwide, over three quarters were headed by single women with children. These statistics, along with the founder's own life experience as a single mother of 4, is what inspires and drives this program.
Since being a part of DNNC Steps to Success, even though its been for a short time, I have already been able to see my life change for my daughter and I. When my mom passed away I had no place to go. Without a mother and father to help me, my aunt took me and my newborn daughter into their home. I was living in their basement washroom which was very confined and not private. However, I was grateful, yet after getting my cosmetology license and being a part of DNNC Steps to Success they helped me get my own apartment that is affordable and safe for my daughter and I. Thanks to DNNC Steps to Success I have my first apartment, I'm able to run my own hair business, and most importantly able to take care of my baby girl.

Viola Wolford, now a restaurant owner in Eureka, was in her late 20s with four small children when she met Sims, but "I was still a child in a lot of ways, and I'd been through some troubling times," she said. Sims encouraged Viola to work at the salon and to return to college, where she earned a degree in liberal arts and childhood development. "Delane is so inspiring," Wolford says. "She has guided me in directions I needed to go"
"Everybody needs a Delane."

Khiana Block, who now lives in Turlock, was a single mom of a 1-year-old child when Sims encouraged her to consider a job as a manicurist.
"I completed my board licensing and learned a lot of skills," Block says. "It opened up a lot of doors for me. Delane has been a very good mothering role model for me - the mentor I'd lacked in my life."