Two years ago, I hit rock bottom. I was laid off from my customer service job. As a single mother and the only provider for my family, I was devastated. And I felt stuck – I didn’t know which direction to go with my career path.
I went to North High School and I remember hearing my friends talk about all the amazing programs Mi Casa Resource Center had there and in the community. I knew they helped families and others when they’re going through hard times, so they were a place to go to give me some direction.
I talked to Mi Casa staff about their Career Training Program, which seemed like a great option for me. I enrolled in that 6-week program and I learned a lot of things, including problem-solving skills and how to update my resume. It had been a long time since I had needed to look for a job, so it was also great to practice my interview skills again.
Mi Casa also had staff who helped me with resources I needed, like gift cards for groceries, to help me make ends meet while I was completing the training and looking for a job.
When I started at Mi Casa, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. But when I talked with the staff and went over my background, they helped me realize that I had the most previous experience in the financial services industry. I decided to get back into the banking industry, and it has been great.
After finishing the training program at Mi Casa, I got a job as a Teller at a local credit union. There were several other Mi Casa graduates there. They were all there to help me and were always available if I needed anything. We all know that we’re all here to help each other succeed.
This job has been great. As a mom, I appreciate working at a company that is willing to work with me if I need to take time off for my family or be flexible with my hours when my daughter has stuff going on at school.
The company I work at also offers opportunities for more education. Thanks to their tuition reimbursement program, I have plans of going back to school to study management.
Mi Casa helped open several doors for me, not just for a job but for a career. I have been with this company for 2 years. I started as a Teller and after a year I was promoted to Lead Teller. But I am not stopping here. I am reaching for the stars and have a goal of becoming a Branch Manager soon. I’ve showed myself that I can do the best and I can be the best and I’m going to do it every day.
Because of Mi Casa believing in me and helping me succeed, I am able to better provide for my family. I was finally able to move out of my apartment and rent a bigger and better house for my family. And most importantly, I am a role model for my daughter, Jazmin.
“My mom inspired me by showing me that anything is possible,” says Jazmin. “She made me learn that I can do anything, just the way she did.”