Jessica first came to The Salvation Army in a state of fearful apprehension. Her unemployment was drawing to a close, and her husband Alberto was out of work. Jessica wanted to ensure some form of steady income in order to provide a stable environment for her two sons, Steven and Cristian. She recalled her initial thought process before entering the Pathway of Hope initiative and said, “We live in a world of what seems like so many necessities that sometimes, we lose sight of what matters. Pathway of Hope has not only empowered me by meeting my personal needs, but has also enhanced my understanding of the importance of family values.”
After working to revise her resume and cover letters with The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope case manager, Jessica wasted no time submitting them to multiple employment agencies. Practicing mock interviews with Pathway of Hope staff and following up with every potential employer, Jessica quickly found employment, and stated, “The Pathway of Hope has allowed me the opportunity to be employed for 8 months now since enrolling in the initiative.
Jessica’s drive and determination simultaneously motivated her husband, who decided to seek training to become a school bus driver. Upon successfully completing the course, he too found employment. “Pathway of Hope also gives us the opportunity to interact with other families that are going through the same or similar situations. We are a family,” Alberto mentioned when thinking back on his experience.
After successfully securing employment, our work with the family was not over. Jessica became focused on additional self-improvement and advancement. She hopes to continue to improve her English, allowing her more professional opportunities. Her case manager shares her excitement and has put her in contact with a local partner and community provider, The Literacy Volunteers, so that she may begin taking English as a Second Language courses this spring.
When a Pathway of Hope caseworker was asked what the best part of her job is she responded, “There is nothing more satisfying than seeing that we can make such a big difference in the lives of the clients we serve. I have been able to see clients glow with pride because they have completed goals, from the most simple to the most complicated.”
This family has no interest in resting on their laurels and it is the intention of The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative to journey directly alongside them as they continue to pursue self-improvement.