“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.