Connections that save more than your job
After finding a job through Wisconsin Works last Fall, Shaquilla did not expect to need the program any further. Over the next six months, she discovered that her team was there for her in more ways than ever before. With their help, she faced brain surgery, overcame homelessness, and embraced a fresh beginning that she never dreamed could be her own.
Shaquilla had been working closely with Dennis Barber, an Account Representative in Dane county, for several months. They celebrated together when she landed a job. When her doctors recommended brain surgery less than a month later, Dennis was among the first to assure her that everything would be okay. Upon learning that insurance would not cover the surgery, Dennis worked tirelessly alongside other resources to find a way to cover the cost. Eventually, with the help of doctors and nurses, they succeeded!
With depleted savings, however, Shaquilla found her family facing winter without a home. Once again, she reached out to FSC for help. Dennis pulled together with a case worker at The Salvation Army and The Road Home to expedite housing for this special circumstance. Thanks to this strong connection, Shaquilla was given the keys to her new home just before Christmas. Meanwhile, David Fields and Dana Zarling, two FSC case managers, helped Shaquilla get an Emergency Assistance grant and furniture vouchers from St. Vincent DePaul.
Shaquilla is returning to work at West Corporation with a fresh perspective this year, and we could not be happier to be by her side. We are excited to hear more from this amazing young woman at the Business and Industry Summit at the Dane County Job Center this Friday, January 13th at 9 AM. Congratulations, Shaquilla!
Happy Start to the Holidays
Cassandra is celebrating the holidays with a new full-time job after enrolling in Wisconsin Works! If you are looking for a career change, call 715-261-8700 to learn how our staff can help you!
With four children she adores, Cassandra wanted a job that would let her be there for them – both financially and at the end of their school day. She started working with Wisconsin Works to learn the skills she needed to work in an office setting. They helped her find childcare, arrange her schedule, and start volunteering at the Job Center. Cassandra put her communication skills to work, helping her fellow job-seekers with their resume and job searches and making important reminder calls for the Wisconsin Works program. Meanwhile, she learned essential administrative and computer skills.
When the chance to meet multiple employers at a hiring event came about, Cassandra was one of the first to arrive. After an on-the-spot interview, United Health Group was excited to add her to her team. Great way to start the holidays!