Manny began working with the CareerPoint Career Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts on April 19, 2012. When Manny met with the job counselors, he laid bare his life and explained that he had spent a great deal of his life in prison. With tears in his eyes, he said that he wanted to turn his life around as his previous life was no longer an option.
Manny kept coming to the Career Center, trying very hard to learn new skills that will help him find a job. One day Manny came into the Career Center, very excited that a landlord was willing to rent him an apartment. After moving into his apartment, Manny’s priority was getting a full-time job. When he visited us that time, he said, “I really need a job! I promise you, I give you my word, I won’t let you down.” Manny was very sincere and we believed him.
We called Joe Peters, President of Universal Plastics, told him about Manny’s story and asked him to give Manny a chance to try out at his company. Joe interviewed Manny and then offered him a job. Manny began working at Universal Plastics on July 19, 2012.
Today Manny is still employed at Universal Plastics, working with a robot to make covers for jet engines. Joe Peters said, “Manny is doing well, he is always on time to work and willing to work overtime. We are very pleased with Manny’s work”. And Manny is grateful for the opportunity he was given.
We appreciate working with business partners like Universal Plastics who are willing to give workers like Manny a second chance.
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