Skills without the Means

James Poissot is no stranger to hard work and unfortunately harder times.  Following high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.  After serving 9 years, including 4 tours in Afghanistan and 5 tours in Iraq, James exited the military and returned to the civilian...

Realizing Help IS Available

One challenge, one hurdle can easily discourage a lot of people. Unlike those people, LaShannon Appleby accepts each challenge as being exactly that – a challenge. As a young mother of an infant child, LaShannon understands her decisions do not just affect her future....

Finding a Job Can Be a Full-Time Job

Iris Kremer started working at age 13.  When she became unemployed 30 years later, she thought it was no big deal. In the past finding a new job had not been a big deal. Unfortunately, times had changed and Iris found she was unable to find employment. “At first, it...

Not Defined by Unemployment

From mechanic to manager, Don Flores had spent more than 40 years in the car business.  Although Don had worked in almost every aspect of the business, when his employer underwent staffing changes, Don suddenly found himself in need of a new job. However, rather than...

Building a New Life

Prior to the fall of 2012, Carol Jackson had expected to live her entire life on the island of St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands. After fourteen years of service as an Office Professional at a local oil refinery, she unexpectedly learned she was being laid off. With the...