Claudina fled the Congo in 1996 to Uganda because of war. She is now a stay at home mom while her husband, Fredrick, works nights at Walmart. Claudina says that JVS helped her and her family learn how they can control their lives there. She says JVS taught them how to have a secure life and helped with food, rent, jobs and school. Claudina’s favorite thing about Kansas City is that the life is comfortable and nice. She tells that friends in other states have said it is very hard to survive, so they’re thankful to be in Kansas City, where they never have to say “there is no food”, because there is always food.
Dolma fled from Bhutan to Nepal in 1992 because of governmental violence. She now works as a student and gardener. Dolma says the JVS has helped her and her family a lot by providing them with a home and a garden. Dolma values the friendships she’s made with other growers in the garden. She enjoys being outside with family and friends and knitting.
Ikhlas fled from Sudan to Chad in 2003 because of ongoing violence and genocide. She now works at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Kansas City. Ikhlas thanks JVS for helping her family with housing, schooling and employment. She says that she feels proud of her job. Her favorite thing about Kansas City is how kind and welcoming everyone is. She also enjoys going shopping!
This Career Skills & Connections client reconnected with a JVS employee recently, thanking them for their help while they were seeking employment. It is because of JVS that I have been happily employed at Garmin for about a year and a half now. I will be associate of the month out of a campus of 3,000 employees, including engineers, software developers, product specialists and more. Being honored is an understatement, as I love my job and never thought they would achieve such recognition having been there less than two years. It is a huge honor and I wouldn’t have gotten here without JVS. JVS gave me the tools to work towards the life I wanted and I appreciate it every day.
JVS client Kris, 27, had never worked a job before and was diagnosed with Autism. After a series of explorations and community job trials, he began applying for jobs. One day, Kris received a call from the Kansas City Zoo about an application he had put in for a part-time job. He then scheduled and attended an interview by himself. Kris is now coming up on 90 days of employment and has enjoyed the work so much that he requested and received extra hours on his shift.
Papi fled from Congo to Zimbabwe in 2004 because of war. He now works as an interpreter at JVS. Papi says that JVS has helped him with everything, including his housing, job, schooling and medical care. Papi’s favorite thing about Kansas City is getting to visit new places. He likes going to events like wrestling at the Sprint Center because he says there aren’t big arenas and events like that in Congo.
Saeed fled from Afghanistan to Pakistan when he was a baby because of race and religious discrimination. He then fled from Pakistan to Indonesia. He now works in the Marriot Hotel in Downtown Kansas City. Saeed thanks JVS for helping him meet people from different countries. He says he is happy that the people at JVS care for him and helped him find a job and get into college. Saeed’s favorite things about Kansas City are the friendly people and the constantly changing weather.
Todd worked at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Stockton, Missouri for over 25 years where he kept up with repairs and cleaning standards. He also volunteered with Relay for Life and received an award from the Optimist Club. Before Todd moved from Stockton, Missouri to Independence, Missouri, his sister called the Independence Full Employment office to see what services would be available to him when he arrived. Todd first came to the Full Employment Council office the beginning of March. He attended the Resume Workshop and was given job referrals on the bus line to accommodate his living and transportation arrangements. He was also given referrals to additional services. After creating his resume, Todd then dropped it off with over 10 employers. He soon heard back from Arby’s and is now working hard bussing tables and serving customers. With a new city to navigate, a new living situation to familiarize himself with, and a new public transportation system to learn, Todd is all smiles and is proud to be working after a quick transition to Independence.