A solid foundation
Juan, 43, of Park Heights has a history of drug charges and hadn't worked in ten years before being accepted into the program to train as a machinist. Before that, he saw no way to support his children, ages 3, 12, and 15.
Juan shares his experience:
This program opened up my mind to a whole different way of living. It’s really about something that’s going to better you. It’s going to better you for a career that you can build on and raise a family on.
I came to JARC to develop a job skill that would set me up to be able to support me and my children. It has helped me come a long way, with job skills, with life skills to make better decisions. It helped me when I got my job because I already had an idea of the type of environment that I would be in.
I don't want to just survive. I want to live. If you're ready for a better future and willing to learn, that's all they ask of you, to just be open-minded and ready to learn. I'm just ready to go out there and apply what I’ve learned.