Jon joined our Kitchen of Champions program, excited not only about the hands-on culinary training, but also about the program’s classroom curriculum. Up to that point in his life, he had not received the tools to prepare him for a full time job.
The Kitchen of Champions program not only taught him food service skills but it also offered him the training to create a resume, prepare for an interview, and job readiness to prepare him for what is expected in the real world.
Jon found the SVdP job training program gave him a solid foundation to find employment. After a few years in food service Jon knew he had the skills and a solid job history to make a career change. He is now employed full time at Tesla Motors.
Tiffany came to SVdP to work on her resume and job readiness skills. Each day Tiffany’s work assignments in the Champion Workforce program could take her from the Dining Room, to the Community Center’s Help Desk, to working with clients in the Women’s Center and even assisting on the loading dock at the Food Locker!
Tiffany brings a lot of positive energy to SVdP and is able to engage with clients every day in a kind and compassionate manner. Some days the clients brighten her day as much as she helps them. She enjoys talking to people, serving people and finding ways to help them – even if help is needed for only one day.
Referred by someone at a local grocery market in her neighborhood about SVdP, Maria and her two small daughters came to SVdP in need of supportive services.
While they had permanent housing and were usually self-sufficient, when Maria's husband had injured himself on the job the lack of a pay check was putting them farther behind in their monthly bills. They needed help with food, basic hygiene supplies, clothing and they were afraid their electricity would be shut off.
Within a few days, the staff was quick to reach out to a Conference for a home visit and help with their utilities and food. Another Conference registered the family with their Easter basket giveaway and was able to include additional basic necessities.