As a new mother, Ebonee was craving stability. With a child to support, she realized she lacked a clear direction and had no idea how to find a steady job to support herself and her child. A cousin told her about Towards Employment, and she attended an information session. Right away, she knew this was what she wanted. She was accepted into the Step Up To UH* training and built a personal career plan with a focus on advancement and stability.
She wanted a job with upward mobility that would allow her to make enough money to pay for secure housing and reliable transportation for her and for her daughter; and then she focused on learning everything she could about getting and keeping a job. “I was confident when I interviewed with UH and knew right away this was going to work – they talked about advancement from day one,” she said. She was hired as an Environmental Service Worker and now has reliable transportation and is able to look forward eagerly to her next step. “Right away, with TE I had a goal and a plan, and that’s why I talk about TE to everyone I know. And I started with my sister.”
Ebonee’s sister, Rayven was too nervous to apply directly for a job at University Hospitals. Seeing her sister’s success, Rayven decided to give Towards Employment a try. “Towards Employment helped me gain skills I needed to land the job I wanted at University Hospitals – and my career coach is still right there in my corner to keep me focused on my long term goals. I am back in school working on my associate’s degree in business. I have big dreams but I have a plan. I learned that from my big sister and Towards Employment,” recalls Ebonee.
*Step Up to University Hospitals (UH) is a workforce development initiative that connects community residents to jobs, and then to career ladders within the institution. UH partners with Towards Employment and Neighborhood Connections to build this pipeline to jobs.
At Towards Employment, our training and supportive services help people gain the tools they need to find and keep a job, navigate life’s obstacles, and makes real and lasting changes in their lives though long-term employment. And we need your help to continue providing these services to people in our community.