Building Bridges: Ron’s Story
This winter, Ron was a guest speaker with our Northeast TrANS class. His story of redemption is one for the ages. Ron went from a five-year prison stint to four of the best years of his life, thanks to the honest labor made possible by TrANS. Even Ranard, however, didn’t know the latest surprise in Ron’s story.
“Ron was the best graduate I ever had years back,” says instructor Ranard. TrANS pushed Ron to apply himself and take ownership of his actions, and he worked hard to set himself on a good path. He graduated in 2014 and quickly found work in construction.
Today, Ron is building bridges with Lunda Construction, and he’s been building a life with his bride Hannah for the past year. They just purchased a house and a brand new truck. Plus, Ron surprised Ranard with paperwork showing that he’s been promoted. Ron is the first Northeast TrANS graduate to be promoted to foreman in the program’s history!
“I couldn’t help but feel proud and humbled by the fact we now have a graduate who will be hiring employees,” says Ranard. “He told my class he will bring any of them on.” We hope to see you again very soon. Congratulations all around, Ron!
Learn from Daniel
A few years ago, Daniel wasn’t sure if he would ever be able to work again. A serious car accident left him clinging to life in the hospital, with a broken neck, back, and skull. It took years of therapy and the support of his family to bring him to the point where he could start supporting himself. Just three weeks after joining FSET, Daniel is back to work with the job he hopes he can use to keep others safe.
“Daniel’s long-term goal in the FSET program was to get a part-time job helping people,” says Vicki, his FSET Account Representative. “He wanted other people to learn from his mistakes.” Daniel was continuing speech and physical therapy, so his FSET team helped him find an opportunity to adjust to life back in the workforce. He started volunteering at Diversion House, which provides temporary housing to people with mental illnesses. They soon discovered Daniel’s passion for music. He started running a Music Therapy Group, which both he and the residents loved.
Meanwhile, the FSET team helped Daniel put together a resume and cover letter and start practicing for interviews. The next thing they knew, Daniel was asking for a job reference. He was quickly hired as a Support Staff member at St. John’s Homeless Shelter, where he checks in residents and mentors those in the shelter. Daniel says that “FSET was extremely helpful in the sense that the program gave me encouragement and motivation during a difficult period in my life.”