Success Story # 1
Ms. Catherine W. single female with no children presented at Mission of Yahweh on 2/9/16 due to being homeless. I met with client on 4/5/16 to assess and enrolled her into the program. Client met with me for follow up visit @ WFS Westheimer on 4/11/16 to begin working on a strategic employment plan and I also referred client to Dress for Success. Although client had prior work history/experience, client appeared to have lack of confidence in herself because of her homeless status. Despite her homeless status, through motivational encouragement, pointing out her potential and challenging her to succeed at a specific goal, I was able to help Catherine see all of the potential she actually had.
Her passion was Security. Client’s previous work experience was as a security guard however, she was non-commissioned and stated she wanted to become commissioned. We discussed the option of taking the necessary training to become certified. Because client is living in a shelter environment, which prohibits the carry of a firearm on premises, client stated that she would prefer to seek non-commissioned employment. I provided client with multiple security guard job leads and encouraged client to apply and follow up with me weekly. Client began meeting with me weekly to job search. After two weeks, I could see the change in her. She appeared to be motivated and have self-confidence which was something that made me proud to see.
On 5/12/16, client had an interview scheduled with Allied Barton Security and on 5/23/16; client was offered a position and began the required two day training. The job required uniforms and work boots and I assisted client with Wal-Mart gift cards to purchase the items she needed. Clients’ regular job post is at Harris Co. Flood building. Client‘s hourly wage at the time of hire was $9 per hour. Client was placed on 90 day probation. Client has met her 30, 60 and 90 day retention and has received the program incentives. Client is still employed and stably housed (Mission of Yahweh transitional). She will be allowed to stay there for two years allowing her to continue to save money. She has also opened up a savings account which she states has enough in it for a down payment on a car (future goal for her) and is up for wage increase evaluation on her job.
Testimony # 2
Mrs. D. had always dreamed of traveling the world. She also loved to cook. After being out of work for two-years, her dreams were almost lost. One day she came to Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. (CRR) and told an employment specialist her aspiration to work on a ship and cook for the crew. Within a couple of days, Mrs. D. was introduced to a human resources professional from Sodexho, a food services and facilities management multinational corporation based in Paris, France. Soon after, with transportation assistance and new steel-toed boots from Career and Recovery Resources, Mrs. D. was prepared to begin work. Ten days later, she was on an offshore rig cooking meals for people who worked hard and loved to eat.
Her son heard of the efforts from CRR employment specialists and registered with the agency for assistance. He was encouraged to go to school to get a welder’s license. While attending school, the agency arranged for him to get part-time work. As soon as he completed school, he was hired as an underwater welder for Coastal Towing Company at $110 an hour, joining his mother on the same rig. After two years, he opened his own company where he arranges for other welders to get work contracts. With assistance from CRR, Two members in a family – two dreams fulfilled!
Income Now Success Story
CrystelW. story begins as a resident at the Star of Hope Women and Family Center. She is a single mother of two young boys. I clearly remember the hurdles she and I dealt with as we worked towards preparing her to become employment ready. She is not from Texas and she had little if any local support. This often left her feeling very overwhelmed and feeling stuck in a place and unable to move in any direction. Initially, I spent a lot of time encouraging her to just work on accomplishing one task at a time towards her employment goals because it seem to overwhelm her to have to consider doing them all. She took that advice and she began to find her confidence and move in a positive direction with her employment goals. She was not a person without quality work skills and work history. She was just having a difficult time under her current homeless situation figuring out how to maneuver through this new phase in her life.
When the Food Bank Work Experience became available I immediately thought about Crystel. At the time, she was no longer living at the Star of Hope Center. She had moved with a family friend to the Woodlands. If you are familiar with Houston you know that there is quite a distance between the Woodlands and the Houston Food Bank. Crystel was very receptive and appreciative for this opportunity despite the geographical challenges. She was a great fit for the company from the onset of the program. I recall Amy reporting to the Income Now Implementation Group that the first class was doing well and “they are in love with Crystel W”.
Since that time, she has become a very well respected and valued permanent full time employee of the Houston Food Bank. I am pleased to say she was the first permanent full time hire from the Income Now partnership with the Food Bank. The Food Bank recently opened a new Call Center and Crystel was hired as a CAP Call Center Lead. She is now earning $15.00 a hour, full medical, dental and eye benefits, 401K option, yearly cost of living wage increases and just a great place to work! When I spoke with her last, she has moved into stable housing of her own for herself and her minor children and she simply LOVESher job!. CONGRATULATIONS CRYSTEL…. YOU ARE AN INCOME NOWSUCCESS STORY!