Before Towards Employment, I had given up. I got to the point where I couldn’t do another job application just to get turned down due to my conviction. I just wanted to die. I felt useless.

Then one day at the library with family, my wife shows me the Towards Employment flier. Scared inside, I told her, “Okay, I’ll call,” but I didn’t. After some dodging my wife cornered me and said, “Call.” I told myself, “if this doesn’t work, don’t’ ever try again.” So, I call and leave a voicemail.

At orientation, Mr. Cannon lit a fire inside of me. Mrs. Dove welcomed the class with open arms on the first day of class. Ms. Shepard tested our mettle by asking questions such as, “Why should I hire you?” WOW! I sat there looking at her as my mind stated to race. With every possible answer I could give. Day in and day out, we trained like gladiators with questions that can and will come up in an interview. Now with the skills I have, I just have to say: “Look out world, here I come!”

PA, 28 year old Hispanic/Latino Male

February 2015