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October 03, 2016
BENEFITING: Saint Johns Program For Real Change
ORGANIZER: Saint Johns Program For Real Change
EVENT DATE: Oct 10, 2016
Saint John's Program for Real Change is my employer and every day I see the personal transformation of the women and children who come through our doors. Mothers at the end of their rope, uncertain, skeptical, hopeless, frustrated, scared, angry, protective, untrusting, lacking in almost every aspect of their life. How do they rise above the ugly places they have lived, the bad choices they have made, the desparation they have felt? They do this in an environment that is safe, supportive, smoke-free and sober. They do this with others who are also working towards the same goals of self-sustainability. They do this within a program that sets the boundaries, hold high expecations and guides them through every step. Read this amazing Saint John's success story from Porshe:
The violence began in 2004 and for ten years Porshe and her young daughter lived in a nightmare. Fleeing from her situation, she found her way to Saint John’s; vulnerable, afraid and in desperate need. Persistent in making daily calls, she made it to an intake interview and within 2 days was settled into a private dorm room with her daughter. Rest was uninterrupted as she found, for the first time, a sense of calm, safety and structure.
Within the first month, Saint John’s staff, including her Case Manager Audrey, surrounded her with support. Small steps grew into larger steps and she began to realize and believe in her many strengths. After 2 months, she began the Vocational Training Program at Plates Café and Catering. Discipline, accountability and how to communicate her needs were the first things she learned. She began to understand the importance and impact of her dependability to others on her training team and the Saint John’s staff and this motivated her to improve and find success. She states, “I never missed one day at Plates. It just made me more reliable.” Porshe worked hard to demonstrate she was ready to enter the workforce. She mastered what may seem like simple matters of common sense, but in her life before Saint John’s she’d never experienced these nuanced soft skills that now make her more valuable to a potential employer.
By working together with the Career Education and Placement Center Coordinator, she developed her resume, practiced interviewing skills and obtained a Food Handlers Certificate. All this hard work earned Porshe an interview with Walmart. Today, she has been employed by Walmart for over one year. She says, “Walmart has been good to me, they are helping me get to where I want to be.” Porshe’s excellent on-the-job performance has earned her several raises. Through her training at Plates and her experience as a Walmart Employee, she has learned to be an advocate for herself. With new found confidence and a realization that her contribution is valued, she professionally asked her Walmart supervisor for a second review of her wages. Thanks to her new found voice, her request was granted…not once, but twice! Porshe will always strive to make self-improvements and wants to be an important role model for her daughter. She is currently, stable, strong, employed and a proud alumnae of Saint John’s Program for Real Change.