Jose is in his mid-fifties and is originally from Mexico. With very limited English skills, Jose became homeless after he lost his job in construction. Jose was placed at Carroll House, Interfaith Works’ transitional housing program for men. Once settled in, Jose was referred by his case manager to the Vocational Services Program where he took job readiness classes and learned skills to re-enter the work world. Jose’s bilingual vocational counselor assisted in translating the class lessons during the class and also worked with him one-on-one. With the help of his vocational counselor, Jose created a cover letter, resume and a list of references. Jose was hired quickly by a local Latin restaurant where he was serving and bussing tables, but he wanted to continue looking for additional work. Having worked as a custodian at the Nationals’ Stadium the previous season, Jose approached the stadium management again. He was hired as a supervisor of 10 employees who clean and maintain the stadium.
Early in the process, Jose realized he needed to increase his staff to ensure that the stadium would meet the high sanitation standards. Jose introduced three other residents of Carroll House to his manager and they were hired to join his custodial team. Jose is successfully maintaining his position and has received positive feedback from his supervisor. Jose is proud to have assisted in the hiring of three additional Interfaith Works’ vocational clients and they are proving to be successful team members as well.