International Rescue Committee (IRC), a refugee assistance program, provides navigation services for some clients of the San Diego Workforce PartnershipVisit disclaimer page (SDWP). IRC is one of many partners providing medical training and support services for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. IRC was instrumental in helping Pas along her journey to career success. They helped Pas enter SDWP’s Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program funded by the Office of Family Assistance. With the support of the HPOG grant she enrolled in the medical administration program at U.S. Colleges in San Diego and completed her training in February 2014.
Before he discovered the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) BuffaloVisit disclaimer page program at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., Jacob considered himself a typical example of the working class poor. He lived paycheck to paycheck, working dead-end jobs with no direction. At the end of the day, he barely made enough money to support himself. While he received Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, he made too much to qualify for food stamps. Times were difficult for Jacob and he desperately wanted to make a change in his life.
A member of the Spirit Lake tribe, Margo spent much of her early life on the reservation working odd jobs to provide for herself and her family. During this time, she worked in customer service, early childhood education, and administration. She was content in these jobs but always wanted to return to school and earn a degree in a field that appealed to her.
Orisha Ali’s New York City life left her feeling like she was swimming upstream. Fortunately, she found her own conduit to success — a pipeline to her personal goals — through The Pipeline ProgramVisit disclaimer page , funded by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program.
Shaneira Brandon’s story portrays how training programs can offer the change needed to transform an individual’s life. After finding herself in a challenging situation as a single pregnant woman, Shaneira endured many personal and professional barriers to sustained employment. Already struggling from pregnancy-related health complications, Shaneira soon found she was facing yet another obstacle when she prematurely delivered her son due to her involvement in a car accident during her eighth month of pregnancy. Although Shaneira was confused and scared, she knew she wanted to make something of her life in order to provide for her child. Having nowhere to turn, she soon found herself homeless, unemployed, and a young single parent.
Her story takes a positive turn when the Bridge Communities transitional housing program in Glen Ellyn, Illinois referred her to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Pharmacy Technician Training Program at Jewish Vocational Service. After successfully completing the classroom-based course and receiving her Illinois pharmacy technician license, Shaneira soon passed the national PTCB credential exam, which would allow her to work in any pharmacy nationwide.
JVS is pleased to report that Shaneira is gainfully employed as a Pharmacy Technician with CVS Pharmacy in Peru, Illinois where she now lives with her two year old son. It truly takes a network of passionate social service providers to empower a young single mother. Honoring Shaneira for her dedication and perseverance would be the best ending to this journey.
Growing up in a dysfunctional family, I learned how to cope with conflict and abuse. At the age of fifteen I was in an abusive relationship which I hid from my family for several years. At age 21, I became pregnant with twins. I lost one baby, but gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Becoming a single mother after my daughter’s father was arrested and sentenced to fourteen years in prison, left me destitute and hopeless.
Albert Einstein once said, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” In the midst of my dilemma, I learned about Project HOPE. I was excited because my goal is to become a Patient Care Technician. Being accepted into Project HOPE gave me an opportunity to pursue my dream.