Success stories, such as Collins', have left Brighton executive vice president Wonda Winkler worried about President Donald Trump's budget. His proposed spending plan would boost funding for the military but also cut some education programs.
Winkler said that could harm efforts to lift working people out of poverty.
"Reduction in expense means less people served," she said.
Cuts to Brighton's training center could reach the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Winkler said. It's a best early guess, complicated because other programs helping students with a holistic approach also face reductions.
"If you need help with food, they have a food pantry here," Collins said. "Also I got help with money management."
Brighton already is working to educate lawmakers and hoping donations can bridge any gap so no one is turned away.
"First, we're trying to understand the full impact of what that will mean to us, because our funding is very diverse, and we're trying to understand what is the financial implication it would have for us an organization," Winkler said.