Thank you very much to Cynthia for your help and advice. I appreciate it a lot. I will get in contact with the employer you spoke about. I also want to express my gratitude for all the work you and your group does. I have gotten so much out of the training and was made aware of things, I would not have known on my own.
It was very encouraging and you make a difference in people's lives. Thank you.
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to intern here at Workforce One in the Work Experience Program, (W.E.P.). Melanie and all of the girls have given me the boost in confidence that I needed to get back on my feet. If I had chosen not to intern here I would not be starting a brand new job Monday.
The experience with W.E.P. has been so uplifting, that instead of dreading coming into work, I am excited to get here every day. I love the relationships I’ve formed with the girls, and with Melanie. I get to come to “work” everyday, and be with people who are in the same situation as I am. It’s been great knowing that I can count on everyone here to help me when I have a problem. We all have our own problems, but we are here for each other, and that means a lot to me.
When I first started, I didn’t want to come. Now, I don’t want to leave. I have learned so much in the little bit of time that I’ve been here. Mostly, I’ve learned how to balance home life and working life. I have 5 children. They range in age from 5 months to 15 years. Trying to make sure your children are all taken care of, and in school, and doing their homework, making sure they get to doctor appointments, et cetera, all while trying to get your hours in can be very overwhelming. Since I’ve been here I’ve learned to handle one situation at a time, as it arises. Or, as Melanie says; “Find out what the bottom line is, and go from there.”
Also, I’ve learned to trust others to help me with situations that normally, I couldn’t handle. I’ve come close to a breakdown or two since I’ve been here, but who hasn’t? Melanie always takes time out of her day to sit down and talk to me and help me through whatever is going on in my life. She always has time for “her girls”. At the same time, she isn’t going to baby anyone. She’s very quick to tell us to “suck it up” if we are just sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves.
The girls that I work with have been great too. I’ve become especially close to Amy and Chrissy. They are always so thoughtful and hardworking. They are right there to lend an ear if I need someone to talk to, but they are super-hard workers also. We are a very close group. The girls here all spend their own money to make sure that there is always coffee, sugar and creamer. Anytime there is a meeting or a party, the girls all pitch in to make sure there is food and drinks for everyone. I will really miss everyone when I go. I think most off all I have learned to always trust that everything will work out, as long as you work at it. I have come through this phase in my life to become a mother of five, with a new job/career, and a new outlook on life. I have overcome more than most people can handle in a lifetime, and I’m right where I want to be.
I worked through temporary agencies for years then another lay off at the company I was working at. My parole officer told me about the center, so I thought why not. I was off for three almost four months. Bill collectors, my P.O. , my parents, my wife all on me to get a job and start helping. I came to the center and the staff showed me how to build my skills, how to better my resume and make it look more professional and helped me put my resume on Monster. More time went by and I was giving up-applying for job after job. I went back to temporary work, then after 2 months of working-another layoff. I had lost all hope, my wife left me, I lost my friends and I was done. Then the phone rang it was a JOB! Full time, full benefits no temp stuff all because they saw my great resume on Monster-a resume built with the help of the center.
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The center offered many career opportunities. They especially helped push me to obtain a full time position in which I became successful at, I am now being advanced to a manager position here shortly. The staff was very helpful and nice. I especially liked the benefit of having a resume for future advancement in a career I am seeking.