Success Stories

Success Stories

At St. Joseph the Worker, we have a very special tradition: every time one of our clients obtains a job, they ring our “Success Bell”. During this time, the whole office stops what they’re doing (no matter what they’re doing) and we celebrate their new employment status with a hug, a handshake, and a story. Though you may not be able to ring the bell with them or give them a hug, you can read all their stories here.

Kyle now uses his struggles to help others like him

Substance abuse and addiction are among the most challenging life conditions one can overcome. Unless you are recovering yourself, it is impossible to truly understand all that addiction is and causes – not only in the addict’s life, but everything that they touch. And “getting over it” is a life-time…
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Yader’s Success Story

Yader is a native Nicaraguan, and though a proficient English speaker, his first language is Spanish. HSC Employment Specialist extraordinaire, Sue, met him at the triage table on the Human Services Campus (HSC) (… where, due to COVID-19, all clients undergo a health screening and are then escorted to SJW…
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Wayne returns to SJW and successfully finds employment again

Having gone through a series of unfortunate experiences recently, and finding himself homeless once again, Wayne has been an SJW client before. He rang the bell in late March when he obtained a job at Upper Crust Bakery using our advanced staffing model through our SJW 5800 location, just as…
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Roni returns to the medical field after a brief hiatus

What does a job mean to Roni? “A job is the road to achieving goals, becoming independent, and being able to use any job as a platform to share my spirit with those around me.” Roni is hopeful that this job will start her on the road back her beloved…
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Christopher goes from unsheltered to employed

Though living in a tent, Christopher got hired at a company called Trendwood, becoming a team member in their mill department: Mill 605 to be exact! He came into the office and rang the bell! St. Joseph the Worker assisted with the clothes and footwear needed for his job, as…
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Gary Gets a Fresh Start

Recently released from incarceration and unable to pay the rent required at his halfway house, Gary was referred to the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) on the Human Services Campus (HSC). He says he is fine staying in the shelter for now because “these people really help.” And after being…
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Yahshua is making dough after being homeless

Yahshua was hired at a local bakery and café as part of their production baking team, a full-time position, paying $12.25/hour and that offers benefits (after a probationary period). He starts work right away!
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Juan transitions from homeless to employed

Currently living at the Central Arizona Shelter Service on the Human Services Campus (HSC), Juan came to SJW looking for work. He was given job leads, clothing and bus passes in order to apply for jobs in person and to attend interviews. This week, he rang the bell!
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Tim Thanks SJW

There is a well-known and true adage that “clothes don’t make the man,” but at SJW – as we work daily with people for whom having clean clothes, changes of clothes, and especially clothes that are appropriate and professional to interview or work in, is nothing short of a luxury…
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Paul Finds Security in His New Job

At twenty years old, Paul falls into the growing demographic of “opportunity youth” – those between the ages of 16-24 who will not go onto college but also have difficulty finding and staying employed, putting them at a much higher risk for substance abuse, incarceration and/or simply needing to be…
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Jeff Finds Meaning in His New Job

Lucky to have a shelter bed, Jeff got busy and found a job within six days of coming into the office! He got hired at a local bakery in a full-time position paying $13.15/hour, which will provide benefits after a probationary period
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Joe’s Success Story

A newcomer to Arizona, Joe had only been in Arizona for five days when he found St. Joseph the Worker and got hired for a full-time position at Express staffing as part of their Custodial crew. He is making $13.00/hour with the opportunity for benefits after a probationary period. SJW…
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Quincy bounces back after being laid off

Quincy was working toward being able to move off Campus when COVID-19 struck and he was laid off. But with the help of SJW, he was able to secure full-time employment once again, within three weeks of being laid off! Today, Quincy is working at Flagship Facility Services, making $12/hour…
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Debbie’s Success Story

Debbie found St. Joseph the Worker through Indeed when COVID-19 caused her to lose her previous employment. She was in search of work in a warehouse setting as she felt this would be a good fit for her at this time. She spoke with one of our Employment Specialists via…
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Sarah’s Story

During the COVID-19 crisis, the amazing team at SJW 5800, our newest office location, was all over it! They called Sarah, got her into the office right away, interviewed her and connected her to open employment opportunities that fit her qualifications and where she could begin working immediately, and provided…
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Maria’s Success Story

Maria came to see St. Joseph the Worker in March struggling to find employment. She had recently been released from a 16 year stint in the DOC for a violent crime. Maria was hoping to continue the type of work she had been doing inside the prison’s Second Chance program…
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Karen’s Success Story

Like nearly everyone who walks into SJW, Karen was struggling for survival and desperately wanted things to get better. She came to our SJW 5800 location one day while the office was closed, but Employment and Recruiting Specialist Mandi let Karen in anyway and asked her what she needed. Mandi…
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Roberto succeeds despite odds

Young Roberto falls into the ever increasing demographic of “disconnected youth” – those between the ages of 16-24 who are neither in school or working. Though fortunate to graduate from the Phoenix Job Corp with technical training, Roberto did not have a job upon graduation; and with no family or…
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