Laqueena obtains quality employment, bettering herself and her family

Getting a job means that I can take care of myself better and my kids.

Laqueena has been homeless on and off for the past several months. A struggling single mother, her children are currently living with her grandmother; and Laqueena was recently fortunate to get a bed at the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) on the Human Services Campus. She came to St. Joseph the Worker (SJW) just last week to try and find a job. Working with our Lead Employment Specialist extraordinaire, Ruben Myers, she got a job right away and “rang the bell!”

Laqueena was hired at Staff Force as a Warehouse Material Handler with a starting hourly wage of $15.75/hour, working the 3rd shift. Not bad! She couldn’t wait to start her new job. But before she could begin working, she needed a few essential items. SJW provided Laqueena with clothes, appropriate work shoes and a monthly bus pass so that she can get reliably to and from her new job.

What does a job mean to Laqueena? “Getting a job means that I can take care of myself better and my kids.” The simple truth and depth of that statement is not lost on anyone at SJW! Since Laqueena has secured a bed in CASS, she is saving her income to obtain stable housing for her family as soon as possible!

We are so proud of Laqueena, for her determination and grit, for her beautiful smile in the face of some of the most difficult challenges, and for her dedication to her family! We think Laqueena will be very successful and we hope she will keep in touch with SJW. We will definitely be checking in with her, to make sure she is settling into her job well, and to provide any additional support resources she may need.

We thank the Deupree Family Foundation for your generous support of St. Joseph the Worker through our 2020 grant award, and share Laqueena’s success with you. Because her success is your success. Our work would not be possible without you. Thank you for being our partner, Transforming Lives through Employment.”