Paul Finds Security in His New Job

Being employed, being on a payroll [means] making money to better yourself as a person

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 on public financial assistance for a  long period of time.

Paul came to the Human Services Campus (HSC) in late November and quickly became an HSC connoisseur. Not quite employment ready, he first connected with Community Bridges (CBI), who was able to help Paul get supportive housing, where he has been ever since. Now stabilized and tired of being in the house all day, Paul became motivated to become employed when a former SJW client shared how much he enjoyed his security position. With that encouragement, Paul created a resume and began looking for work.

He just came in to ring the bell! He was hired at T.E.A.M. Security – a part-time, permanent position that pays a handsome wage of $17.00/hour. After he completes the necessary trainings, he says that they may have him go full-time. As a part time position, there are no benefits offered, but fortunately, Paul has Arizona’s Healthcare (HCCCS) that covers him for the time being. In order to ensure Paul was 100% prepared and confident to start his new job, SJW assisted him with Walmart gift cards so that he could purchase the required work boots, and we celebrated with him in recognition of his milestone accomplishment.

When asked, “what does a job mean to you?” Paul replied, “being employed, being on a payroll (means) making money so I can better myself as a person.”

We are so happy for Paul, and proud of his using the resources that were available to him at the Human Services Campus to get the personal help he needed and end his homelessness, starting him on a journey toward greater self-confidence and self-reliance.

It is only through the support of our community that, for the past 30 years, St. Joseph the Worker has been able to remove barriers to employment and create pathways to success for the most disadvantaged citizens in our community. It is only with your help, that we can offer ours! Thank you for partnering with us, “Transforming Lives through Employment,” – making individuals, their families and our communities stronger and healthier through employment.