Here's to a brighter, more fulfilling future
In early 2016, Michael found himself virtually homeless. He was surviving by couch surfing and was sometimes forced to sleep on the streets of Seattle.
Up until this point, the 26-year-old’s work experience was limited and sporadic, and he’d never held a regular, full-time job in his life. The Auburn native did, however, have a high school diploma and a strong desire to find full-time employment and become totally self-sufficient.
A simple visit to South Seattle College in late January 2016 changed his life. After enrolling in the Warehouse Logistics training program, he was referred to Neighborhood House’s Foundation for Work (FFW) and Basic Food Employment Training (BFET) program where he received job coaching and other support services.
Roland Htwe, our BFET employment coordinator who assisted him, said Michael’s own perseverance and self-motivation combined with job support assistance gave him a feeling of empowerment.
In just over two months, Michael completed his training and earned certificates as a flagger and forklift operator and in OSHA Safety. He also acquired data entry experience and became certified in first aid and CPR. All of this helped motivated him even more, and he was quickly offered a paid warehouse internship with Goodwill.
Since then, life has really improved for Michael. He’s now employed full-time as a material handler at Goodwill and shares a home with several housemates. He can’t remember the last time he was able to afford rent and support himself, and says it feels really good to be in such a position once again.
You’ve come a long way, Michael, in such a short period of time, and we commend you!