One Braxton County participant had a full-time job when I met him but lost his driver’s license due to an alcohol DUI. His father had to drive him to and from work daily and it hindered his ability to accept overtime. Since getting his driver’s license back, he is able to accept more overtime and is being promoted in early 2021, which will give him a very large increase in pay. He would not have been able to get his license back for several more years had he not gotten enrolled in Jobs & Hope and would have been stuck in a low wage job for a lot longer.
One Harrison County participant says “My transition agent and this program has been amazing. I just completed the Heavy Equipment Operator training through the WV National Guard and it was done with excellence. I believe when spring comes, I will have opportunities open up to be employed. In being in this training, I have found my passion and really do want to be employed in this field. In addition, all of this has been possible due to getting my driver’s license back through Jobs & Hope. I owe a good portion of my success to my Transition Agent and this program.”
One Lewis County participant says “Jobs & Hope WV is a great program to be on your side. I wish it was offered to me, before my life went bad, but glad it is here now. I believe it could have helped a lot if it would have been offered sooner.”
Upon entering the program this individual wanted to go to school to be a traffic flagger. I put him through the WIN Job readiness modules and he did better than excel. He was employed at Burger King making minimum wage. I convinced him to apply at JW Ruby Memorial Hospital. Although he is a part time employee, he’s quit Burger King and is working full time hours at WVUH. We are working on getting him hired full time. Justin has paid his outstanding fines and has passed the written part of the drivers’ test. He will be on the road as soon as he takes the driving part, all thanks to a stay that was placed on his citations. Thanks to Jobs and Hope program. Justin is now exploring education in other areas. He says “Jobs and Hope has been here to help him every step. Very appreciative!”
A Preston County participant was referred and had lost his job due to losing his driver license. I encouraged him to go to Preston Sr. Citizens to work on his resume, and while he was there he got into a conversation with the staff. They wanted to hire him but not having a drivers’ license was a roadblock. We discussed the matter and I wrote a referral to DMV. He is currently enrolled in a safety and treatment program and will be eligible for a stay on his license upon completion. We have begun exploring technical training for when he is able to drive.
One Randolph County participant was living in the homeless shelter with no job and no transportation when he was referred to Jobs & Hope. He had lost his kids and was in the middle of a divorce. His Transition Agent suggested he apply to Armstrong Hardwood Flooring and then drove him to two interviews. He was hired into a good paying job. Through a referral to the DMV, he got his driver’s license back as well as got his CDL reinstated. He was able to move into a condo and purchase a vehicle. He is making payments on his citations. He was granted full custody of his four children after he was on his feet again. He will be going to the dentist soon for the first time in quite some time.
One Tucker County participant participates in Randolph County Adult Drug Court and requested help with his driver’s license and guidance with education. He was able to resolve his DMV issues and purchase a vehicle on his own. Although he previously attended WVU, he was very unsure of how to go about getting back into college. My guess is that his parents set up most of his education with WVU because he did not know how or what was needed to make this happen. I provided guidance to complete the FAFSA, apply to Davis & Elkins College, set up a time for both of us to tour the campus and meet with financial aid and admission representatives, explained his financial aid package to him and told him how to accept his loans, order and submit transcripts, and ensured his classes were lined up and he was ready for his first day of classes. He is doing well as a college freshman.
Upon completion of PRS training, one Upshur County participant had several job interviews lined up and two job offers within a month. She was offered both jobs but chose to work with the sober living environment. She enjoys her job very much and feels she is playing a vital role in the lives of people who were where she was years ago. She is now engaged and getting married in the spring.