#PowerofaJob: Strategies for Success workshop series helps man get job, find apartment and keep his son

(en español)

Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday!  As an agency, the Employment Security Department provides a safety net of unemployment benefits for qualified people who’ve lost their jobs. Then working with our WorkSource partners, we help them find new jobs and even learn new skills. But WorkSource isn’t just for people on unemployment. Anyone can use our services!

Each week, we spotlight a different #PowerofaJob success story.

This week’s story comes from Sunnyside where Robbie, a single dad about to lose his son, completed the Strategies for Success workshop series and gained the confidence to get a job in the field he wanted, find an apartment and keep his son. Strategies for Success is a series of classes gives people skills to get and keep a job.

Robbie came to Strategies for Success via referral from the People for People RISE program case manager. When Robbie came in for his first class, he was frustrated because he was on deadline to find housing so he could keep custody of his son—and he didn’t understand how our class could help him find a job and housing.

He had been underemployed, going from temp job to temp job for the last 10 years. He did not see how taking a class for six weeks could get him employed. He had multiple barriers, including inadequate housing, child support payments, no driver’s license and traffic fines to pay. At the end of the first day, he was still frustrated but by the end of the third day, he committed to finishing the six-week class.

When I asked him why he changed his mind, he said he had heard other students sharing their situations and saw how supportive they were to each other. He could relate to their situations.

During the rest of the classes, Robbie would be the first to class even though he was riding a mountain bike in the winter. He became more positive, welcoming other students to class each day even though he was still dealing with his hardships. Eventually, our BFET (Basic Food Employment & Training) case manager connected him with RISE (Resources to Initiate Successful Employment). By the end of the fifth week, Robbie’s license was reinstated, his case manager helped him locate an apartment and he got hired as a fertilizer applicator, driving the company truck to apply fertilizer to people’s lawns. During his last week, he joined class in the mornings and went for trainings with his new employer in the evening.

During his Strategies for Success graduation, WorkSource staff, including the supervisor, attended because they were all so proud of him. Robbie asked to speak to he could thank the program, class and classmates who’d become his friends. He also met with the supervisor and agreed to speak to the all-staff meeting to share his journey from frustration to seeing things different and understanding that sometimes we can’t do it all by ourselves and need to allow others to walk with you on journey. Thanks to his new job, he and his son moved into a new apartment in April.

Submitted by Jose Luis Mendoza, WorkSource Sunnyside

¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Robbie vino a Estrategias para el Éxito a través del programa People for People por recomendación del gerente de su caso. Cuando Robbie vino a la primera clase, estaba frustrado porque tenía cierto plazo para encontrar vivienda como una condición para continuar con la custodia de su hijo —y no podía entender como nuestra clase le podía ayudar a encontrar trabajo y vivienda.

En los últimos 10 años, él había tenido subempleo, y de un trabajo temporal a otro. El no vio como el tomar una clase por seis semanas podía convertirlo en empleado. Él enfrentaba muchas barreras: la falta de vivienda adecuada, tener que pagar manutención de menores, sin licencia de manejo y con multas de tránsito. Cuando se terminó el primer día, él continuaba frustrado pero, para el tercer día, se comprometió a terminar la clase de seis semanas.
Cuando le pregunté qué fue lo que cambió su forma de pensar, el dijo que había oído a otros estudiante compartir su situación y vio cuanto apoyo se daban entre sí. Él podía entender esas situaciones.

Durante el resto de la clase, Robbie era el primero en la clase aun cuando para llegar, el pedaleaba en una bici de montaña siendo pleno invierno. El se volvió mas positivo, les daba la bienvenida a los otros compañeros de clase manejando sus propias dificultades. De hecho, nuestro gerente de clase BFET lo conectó con RISE. Para la quinta semana, la licencia de Robbi se reactivo, su gerente de caso le ayudó a localizar un apartamento, y lo contrataron para aplicar fertilizador, manejando la camioneta de la compañía para aplicar el fertilizador en el jardín de los clientes. En la última semana, él se unía a la clase por las mañanas y fue a capacitación por la tarde con su nuevo empleador en la tarde.

Durante la graduación de Estrategias de Éxito, el personal de WorkSource, inclusive el supervisor estuvo presente porque todos estábamos orgullosos de él. Robbie pido la palabra para agradecer al programa, la clase y los compañeros que se habían convertido en sus amigos. Él también se reunió con el supervisor y estuvo de acuerdo en hablar durante la junta de todo el personal, para compartir su experiencia con el programa, —partiendo desde la frustración, hasta llegar a ver las cosas en un forma diferente, y entender que algunas veces no podemos hacer todo nosotros solos y debemos permitir que otros nos acompañen en nuestro camino.

En abril del 2017, él y su hijo se mudaron a un nuevo a apartamento, y comenzó su nuevo trabajo.

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