Trevor Goins faced multiple barriers, including education, unemployment, employment start-up costs, transportation, technology, and community connections. Jobs & Hope WV collaborated with various partners to address these challenges. Catholic Charities assisted in acquiring the required work attire, and Trevor completed the Recovery Coach class through WVARR, attended the WV Leadership Academy for training and community connections, and received WRAP1 training from WVRecovers.
To address his suspended driver’s license, Trevor utilized DMV services, and a Peer Support Specialist assisted with interlock installation and transportation needs. Through Jobs & Hope WV, Trevor overcame unemployment obstacles related to transportation, education, and job history. Currently, he is employed full-time as an in-home healthcare worker with Medicare. This success demonstrates the effectiveness of Jobs & Hope WV’s collaborative approach and support services in empowering individuals to overcome barriers and achieve sustainable employment.
Emily, a Jobs & Hope WV participant, went back to school at 33. She completed the Recovery Coach Academy at Blue Ridge CTC. She earned an associate degree in Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies at Bridge Vally CTC in May 2023. Thanks to a partnership between Jobs & Hope WV and Catholic Charities of West Virginia, Emily was provided a computer for her studies and overcame her educational barrier!”
Mark enrolled in Jobs & Hope hoping to get his driver’s license reinstated. He had paid off all his fines, but his license was suspended for 5 years. He was employed doing general maintenance, but had a higher paid automotive job lined up pending a valid driver’s license. Mark worked on soft skills and online job readiness modules while waiting to learn the outcome of his DMV referral. Ultimately, Mark was our first participant to get his driver’s license reinstated through Senate Bill 90! He began working at IVS Hydro, Inc. making $12 per hour. Mark went on to earn his Peer Recovery Coach certification through our partnership with Blue Ridge CTC. He is currently employed as a Peer Recovery Coach at the Anchor Project. Mark says “I show my gratitude for all Jobs & Hope has helped me with by staying clean and sober.”