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CHFS Community is an award-winning podcast featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary work at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Hosted by Secretary Eric Friedlander and produced by Julianne Hatton, you'll hear inspirational stories from the people who serve every Kentuckian in some way. Join our community so you'll never miss an episode and tell your friends about the show. Until next time, stay healthy Kentucky!

Feb 14, 2023

Ambre Irby grew up on a farm in Bracken County where she learned to work hard. After marrying and moving to Ohio, her husband suffered a catastrophic brain injury following a car accident. One month later, Irby gave birth to a son and moved back to Kentucky to be near family. As a newfound sole provider, she signed up for the Ready to Work (RTW) Program offered by the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). This led to a family support position at DCBS. Having navigated the social service system, Irby provides compassion and first-hand knowledge to DCBS clients. We discuss her journey and the joy she receives from helping others on their path to self-reliance.