” Currently I am an undergraduate student, majoring in Health Services, at Trinity Washington University, where I will be graduating this fall. I am getting married this summer to my best friend Keith and recently my fiance and I started our own organization, Father’s Initiative Training, to help bridge the gap of fatherless children in our area. I currently work at Jenkins Hill Child Development Center in Washington, a job I was placed at through Jubilee Jobs in 2014. I first came across Jubilee Jobs the summer of 2014. I distinctively remember thinking “why not I have nothing else to lose.” At that time, I did not realize how much truth would be in that thought. I started the Jubilee Jobs process and met job counselor Rev. Jacquelyn Conerly. With her assistance, I was able to build a better relationship with the Lord. I mended the broken relationship I had with my father, I received a job which allowed me to buy my first car, bless my grandmother with a car, and get my first apartment all in the same year. I went to Jubilee Jobs looking for a temporary job, never thinking it was an opportunity that would change my life for the better. ”
” Trying to compete in the job market as a mother is very difficult. I was unemployed for nine months, and the only experience I had was cleaning offices, where I had to stand for long hours. I was scared and I was stressed. At my son’s school I heard about Jubilee Jobs. I decided to attend the orientation. It was very long, but very helpful. I went to two interviews, and my Job Counselor, Christine was on top of everything. The next week Christine asked me if I was interested in an administrative position. This was the job I always wanted, but I did not know if I could do it. I got offered a paid internship at Jubilee Jobs! Now my work schedule is better and I have time for family. I can be there for my son after work to help him with school activities, something I did not have before with the long work hours. I feel lucky and blessed. Jubilee Jobs is a bright light in DC.
“I am currently working at H & R Block as a Tax Preparer, helping the Latino community to file their taxes. It makes me happy to see other people’s happiness! In Columbia, I worked in accounting before I relocated to the U.S. After coming through the Jubilee Jobs program, I worked with my Job Counselor to prepare myself for interviews. I was excited after I was offered this position. This is my first exposure in working with tax filing. By gaining this experience, I will pursue related job opportunities after tax season is over.”
“I am currently working two jobs, one during the week, one on Saturday and Sundays and I’m grateful. During the week, I work at the Young Women’s Christian Home at the front desk and on the weekend’s I work, through Capitol Concierge, at an apartment building at the front desk. I like both jobs because I have a relationship with everyone in each building. The girls at Young Women’s Christian Home are so friendly and before they even get in the door I usually have their mail. People ask me how I work two jobs, I’m motivated to work in a full time capacity. I know I can always make it work, even on the tough days.”
“I am retired after 33 1/2 years of working in the court system. In those 33 years, I have held many different positions including court reporter and probation officer. I retired in 2005, but I was interested in getting back into the workforce. After completing the Byte Back training, I heard about Jubilee Jobs. I am now working at Giant as a bagger and I want to be cashier.
Volunteering at my church keeps me busy too! I love to help organize mission work.”
“My goal is become a law enforcement officer,” Michael shared with a smile. “I’ve researched the requirements and I am looking into the two-year program”. Michael came to Jubilee Jobs orientation in 2015 after hearing about it from his cousin. He is currently working full-time at Starbucks as a Barista. His favorite parts of the job are the full-time hours, friendly customers and the benefits. The free coffee drinks are nice too! He is building work experience and a great reference on his current job, working and learning while planning his next steps. “For now, it works, but I am going to continue to work toward more.” Jubilee Jobs is proud of Michael’s achievement and ready to support his next steps. Police officers drink coffee too!
“I’m pretty excited about (Washington Hospital Center) orientation tomorrow,” Bryan expressed at our monthly Job Friends dinner. Bryan was working at Block by Block street cleaning for four years. Recently, he was able to secure a position at Washington Hospital Center in the housekeeping department. His hourly wage will no longer be minimum wage and he is excited about opportunities that may arise from this new role.