When you start from scratch it is like being born again. I brought my discipline and experiences from Cuba, but starting new, starting fresh is a monumental challenge; it feels like being born again.
Raul came to Wisconsin with only his teenage son, his education, and his faith. He had earned a Master’s degree and was working on a law degree, but without any English education, Raul never expected to find himself in the middle of Wisconsin without any of the comforts of home. Then he heard about Wisconsin Works, and his life took another huge change, this time for the better.
Since enrolling in Wisconsin Works, Raul has started to attend classes at a technical college to learn English, where he has excelled. Wisconsin Works helped him to find financial support to raise his son, apply for a work permit, and place him with an internship. “I am learning a lot there and I have grown to love it and the people and the experience,” says Raul, who credits his teammates with helping him to learn English alongside his formal studies.
Raul praises the Wisconsin Works employees for their incredible kindness and generosity toward him. “They helped me economically, they helped financially, they brought things from their houses in order to help me. You have no idea how grateful I am for everyone in this program,” says Raul.
I think that this corporation is a success story. . . The people in this place not only do they help me this way, but they help everyone. And it is not just because this is their job but because they have it in to their hearts to help others. I admire everyone here. . . they are all here to help from the receptionist, to the higher positions. I am so proud to be a part of this family.
Raul now looks forward to returning to school in the healthcare field, where he can use his background and compassion to help others. “I am wanting to adapt to life in Wisconsin and be as successful and sufficient as I can,” he says.
We know that your dedication to success will continue to pay off, Raul, and we are proud to be part of your story!
Stacey’s Secrets to Success
It might seem like the job you’re searching for is hiding around the corner, but the only way to find it is to keep on looking! That’s not the only secret to success, though. Stacey can tell you all about the thrill of finding work, and a few of the things she did to make it possible:
- Turn challenges into strengths. Stacey came to the Wisconsin Works program determined to find a full-time job to support herself and her child. A child is a wonderful motivation to achieve your dreams and will keep you strong in the face of life’s challenges. Find a way to make any barrier you face into motivation to achieve your goals.
- Surround yourself with supportive people. Stacey says that one of the best things about working with Forward Service Corporation was “Very positive people to be around and learn helpful tips in life from.” Having positive role models and people you can rely on are keys to building your confidence and keeping it high.
- Use all your resources. Stacey “spent countless hours in the Job Center updating her resume and attending workshops” says Jessica, her Skills Instructor. Through the Wisconsin Works program, Stacey got job search tips, learned how to perfect her resume, and attended workshops that gave her the skills she needed to land the job.
Together with Wisconsin Works, Stacey found full-time work as a clerk to support her family and now plans to save up enough to buy a car and eventually a home. “I think the program is wonderful and very helpful. Awesome people!” says Stacey. Congratulations Stacey – with your determination and enthusiasm, we know you will be able to accomplish any goal you set yourself to!