Celebrating the Stories
Moving from Madagascar to the United States and leaving behind a 15-year career as a lawyer, Ony and her husband’s decision to give their daughters better opportunities in the U.S. came with a price. It took longer than anticipated to begin working in law and Ony was desperate to provide for her family.
After becoming homeless in another state, Meredith moved to Virginia with her children with no financial assistance. After landing a job at K-Mart, Meredith still needed to supplement her income with food stamps and Medicaid. That’s when she found NVFS’ Training Futures.
Kamina discovered NVFS’ Training Futures while working at Home Depot and raising her newborn daughter and longing to be more financially stable to provide for her growing family. Kamina shared: “Since Training Futures simulated an office environment, they helped me understand what it meant to be on time and manage time effectively.”
Before Jari found Training Futures, she had little motivation in life. She was on welfare, unemployed and suffered from both substance abuse and mental health issues. It wasn’t until she was introduced to Training Futures that she even considered the idea that she was worth more.
Before Ilshat found Training Futures, he was working two jobs to make ends meet. He was looking for an opportunity to streamline his career while gaining knowledge in business culture in the States, as well as sharpen his English language skills. When he found Training Futures, he immediately immersed himself in learning.
Hana Tsige moved from Ethiopia to the United States in 2015 in hopes of having a better life and career, but her experience and leadership in the hospitality industry wasn’t enough to equip her with a stable career. It wasn’t until a social worker mentioned Training Futures that Hana had a glimmer of hope in utilizing her skills in the workplace again.
After leaving her home country of Morocco, where she obtained her Master’s Degree, Fatine found herself working minimum wage jobs in the U.S. because she lacked a U.S. Diploma. NVFS’ Training Futures provided Fatine with job training that helped to kick off her career in the U.S.
“I spent 30 days at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. During my first day in the shelter, I was not familiar with the process, as I had never been homeless before. Upon intake, the staff helped ease my transition and make me feel welcome in the program.”
With Escala’s assistance, Octavio completed his business plan for a full-service electrical contracting company and had the guidance he needed to successfully move forward. His salary has increased by 50 percent, and he has been able to successfully send two of his children to college.