Full-Time Family Man
After the ice and snow this weekend, you might wonder what would compel someone like Edison to leave tropical Puerto Rico for Wisconsin. He’d tell you that it was a great decision for his family. Edison loves the support and care that only Wisconsin offers, and you can tell by the smile on his face that he has a lot to be happy about.
Edison is a man with high hopes – the kind of guy who looks at obstacles like they’re dominoes waiting to be knocked over. He enrolled in Wisconsin Works and FSET to ease the transition for his family as they moved to the US, which was especially important since his children have disabilities requiring extra care. As such, his team helped him manage a busy schedule of doctors appointments, specialists, and applications. They helped him apply for Social Security for his children and referred him to the Veteran’s program at the Job Center to make sure he had a full range of resources. Once he was stable, they started his search for work.
Steady as a rock, Edison consistently set goals, completed each task he set his mind to, and met with every agency that was there to help. He took the initiative to learn about job searching, networking events, and training opportunities. His team helped with transportation, interview prep, setting up connections, and by recommending a training course in cabinet-making that Edison signed up for right away. By the time he graduated from the class, Edison had his first job!
Edison worked at this job for a few weeks before realizing that he needed a job with more flexibility to accommodate his family. His case manager helped him arrange interviews with companies across Wisconsin, but in the end, he decided to accept an offer from Eastco Building Services at the local Veteran’s Hospital.
Edison loves that this job lets him work 2nd shift, because that means he can still be there for his family during the day. They’re is adjusting well to life in the US. They’ve been especially impressed by the assistance and support from everyone – from the schools to programs like ours. We’re happy to help! Congratulations, Edison!
Building a strong family was all the motivation Amber needed to join Wisconsin Works. She never lets anything keep her down, even getting the flu while struggling with homelessness and a broken car. Today, we’re celebrating a milestone with her, as she graduates with her first training certificate!
Amber has persevered over the last few months, knowing she has a strong support network with her W-2 team. They helped her get money to fix her car, find childcare, and search for stable housing. “She was her own motivator,” says her Case Manager Emily. “She rose to the challenge and did what she needed to overcome these barriers for her family.”
With her immediate needs safely tucked away, Amber was ready to pursue her long-term goal: finding a stable job to support her loved ones. The first step was finding out what she could do. She initially thought her only options were in food service, because that’s where she started. Then she started training for the hospitality industry. “Since completing the training, she realized that she has so many possibilities open to her,” says Emily. Amber loved the hands-on experience, and soon she was telling Emily how excited she was to broaden her job search.
In fact, Amber even signed up for the call center training that’s currently running and is expected to earn another certificate by the end of the month. She’s been interviewing with employers and is expecting news very soon. We’re rooting for you, Amber! Great job!