The Road Trip
Today, we’d like to share a story from the mouth of one of our TrANS graduates during Friday’s ceremony. Three of these eight graduates have already found employment, and the rest are interviewing and ready to begin lifelong careers in construction. Jose’s words offer the encouragement and hope we have for each person who journeys with us:
I see life as a road trip – one we must travel in order to reach that final destination. On that road is our history. Along the way, there have been places we’ve been to and people we’ve met that sometimes, we wish we could forget, but without them we wouldn’t be the better person we are today. Then there are those we wish could still be here to finish our journey with us. They’re the ones we will never forget and who we aim to make proud. The good people we’ve come across who have stayed with us thru the long nights became our copilots, and at times when we got too exhausted and too broken to continue onward, became our drivers. It is because of them we got the rest we needed and the motivation to keep on truckin’.
For me, my travels have had some major crashes and lots of fender benders, as I’m pretty sure yours have as well. Thank goodness we’re still here. We all know, as travelers, this road will always have construction zones and detours to deal with, not to mention those dang speed traps. So slow down, we’ll get there. We just have to be prepared at all times. With that being said, this is how I continue on in my road trip of life. . . I drive with no rear view mirror to see my past because the road ahead is far too intriguing to ever look back again.
I would like to say thanks to Forward Service Corp, Jennifer M., and most of all Lorie for giving me the opportunity and seeing something in me to be a part of the TrANS program. I hope what I accomplished so far made you proud.
I can honestly say this is one Road Construction Zone I was happy to pass thru.
Thank you, Jose! We are proud to be part of your journey.
A Hopeful Life
Darcy’s story is one of strength rewarded and a hopeful life renewed. Before enrolling in Wisconsin Works, she was working to support herself and her school-age daughter. Her work ethic was never in question, but the long commute was already making it difficult for her to make ends meet.
When she discovered that she was going to add to her small family, Darcy wasn’t sure what to do. With no paid maternity leave, she found her way to Wisconsin Works, which gave her the opportunity to bond with her new child. At the same time, Darcy insisted that she was going to make it and find a new job to take care of her children. She threw herself into workshops, practiced her interviewing skills, and volunteered with a local non-profit to build her skills. “I loved it there!” says Darcy, explaining how it really “got me into customer service mode again.”
Getting into this mode quickly paid off when Darcy was hired full-time by a local restaurant. The job is great – not only does she get to use her skills, but the supervisor also understands her needs and works with her in scheduling so Darcy can take care of her kids. In just a short time there, her manager has been talking to her about becoming a Crew Trainer, because she knows how to work on a team, does her own job well, and can motivate others to do the same.
Congratulations Darcy – we’re proud to be part of your success story.