While there are a great many stories to share, following are just a few of the interns and consumers that have touched us over this past year.
After more than a decade of working in a mail room and/or warehouse setting, Sean decided to go back to school! He earned his Associate Degree in Computer User Support in May 2012. Adonai Employment, an NHU partner agency, recognized Sean's ambition and contacted us to set up a 6-week Temporary Work Experience (TWE) so that he could gain computer-related experience for his resume. After just several days into his TWE, it was clear that Sean chose the right career path. After just one day of training, he was off and running without need of further guidance. Sean has added tremendously to our refurbishing program, creating a refurbishers' solution blog and further developing our MAC refurbishing program.
Sean's ultimate work goal is to become a MAC Genius. A fitting goal for an amibitious individual! We look forward to working with Adonai to ensure a job placement that will lead Sean towards this goal.
We met Barry back in 2008 when we partnered with PC Pro Schools to provide hands on computer repair work to their students. Having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a number of years earlier, Barry decided a career change was in order and pursued his dream of working with computers.
When Barry first joined us he had extensive software experience, but lacked hands on hardware experience. That all changed when he started as a volunteer computer refurbisher with NHU. Since then, Barry has become a staple among our volunteers and has taken on the training and mentoring of new technicians. Over the years, thanks to the experience he gained while volunteering for NHU, Barry has taken on several installation jobs with major corporations and continues to offer freelance computer repair and upgrade services throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. We are grateful to have him on our team.
Soon after, she expressed interest in completing an internship with us. Hired on as an unpaid intern in the Fall of 2009, Roslyn took on every task we threw at her with enthusiasm. She proved to be so valuable that we offered her a part-time position in the spring of 2010. Now with a degree and paycheck in hand, Roslyn has grown beyond her wildest expectations and has become a valued member of the NHU team.
Her story proves how perseverance and unending optimism pays off. We are honored to call you one of our own Roslyn!
Now, more than six years later, we are pleased to report that Geralidine will be graduating with an Associates Degree in the fall of 2013. According to Geraldine, "the computer you donated helped me a lot, especially with online classes. I could not have done this on my own and I am very grateful for your being there for me." And we too are grateful Geraldine that you have served as such an inspiration for us and others! We are so very excited to see where this journey leads you!
Charles was among one of the first individuals to receive a computer via our Computer Grant Program back in 2004. After receiving his computer, Charles spent several months just "tinkering", unsure of how exactly he could put this technology to its best use. Upon following-up with Charles, we found a man who was more than eager to learn, yet, too intimidated to move forward. We encouraged him to come in for some basic training. he promptly and enthusiastically accepted the offer.
After several weeks of training, the fear subsided and a hunger to learn took over. He not only learned the basics, but also mastered more advanced concepts such as spreadsheet calculations. Charles uses his newfound computer skills on a daily basis, be it through tracking inventory and resident meetings at his volunteer position with Hope Street Ministry or staying in touch with his loved ones via e-mail.
Charles is just one among many of our computer recipients that have applied this technology to their everyday lives. Beyond Charles, we have aspiring poets and novelists and even a few potential entrepreneurs.
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