Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
Employment & Training Success Story
Kimberly – SonomaWORKS Program
When Kimberly first enrolled in the GIRE Transitional Work Program (TWP) she was homeless, jobless, extremely stressed, scared and disenchanted. Being a single mother of an 8 year old girl, Kimberly was highly concerned about losing her daughter. She was facing the lowest point in her life.
When she arrived at Goodwill, Kimberly hit the ground running in the TWP Program. She immediately learned how to put together a resume, cover letter and references. She attended workshops and even earned a Certificate in Customer Service Training. You could see her self-esteem and confidence grow daily. Within two weeks she embarked on her new career as a GIRE Job Coach.
Beginning a new career was not smooth going, as she struggled with constructive criticism, case noting, and controlling the dynamic with her consumer. With constant support from her supervisor, Stephanie Munson, and co-workers, Kimberly slowly made progress. Finally, after months of hard work and support Kimberly was offered a permanent position as a GIRE Job Coach. In the meantime, she also secured housing for herself and daughter.
Kimberly is noticeably changed now. Being employed in a new profession and securing housing has greatly affected her attitude on life. She smiles more, laughs more, and most importantly, is no longer worried about losing her daughter.