Job Training Success Story - Yadira Pagan

Yadira had a wonderful job as a patient advocate with a company she worked at for 9 years. In the 3 walls of her cubical at her corporate job she worked hard, earned her weekly paycheck and provided as the main breadwinner for her family. She felt comfortable in every sense of the word. Unbeknownst to her or her coworker, the company she had faithfully dedicated herself to for so long was committing fraud. With FBI agents immediately closing the doors, she found herself without a job and unsure of what to do next. Desperate for work, she found herself bouncing from dead-end job to dead-end job. Despite always giving it her all, each job would eventually fall short of the new career path she sought. It was through the suggestion of an old coworker (who had secured employment through our Job Mentoring Program) that Yadira discovered Boca Helping Hands. After completing the HHA program, Yadira approached every door, open or otherwise, with the confidence her certification provided. She has found great success in the HHA industry. She currently works privately and with three different agencies, providing her with a flexible schedule and a variety of settings. In addition, she continues to use the lessons from her Job Readiness Class to create a manageable work/life balance, and feels both comfortable and confident in the career she’s created for herself.

Job Training Success Story - Freda Ann Johnson

Success doesn’t look the same to everyone. Whereas one individual views success as 2.5 kids, a picket fence, a full-time job with a 4-door in the drive, someone else views success as simply being able to get out of bed in the morning. Success is relative. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was one week in our Job Readiness Class. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was discovering who Freda Ann Johnson is. For over 10 years, Freda’s one purpose in life was being the primary caretaker for her adult and elderly family members. From the minute she woke up in the morning until the moment she went to sleep at night, her priority was the health and well-being of her ailing family members. Between the three of them, health concerns included heart disease, pulmonary disease, an aneurysm and long-term disability. She gave her all to their care and as a result lost herself in the process. As each of them eventually succumbed to their illnesses, Freda found herself alone, with no one to care for and no path ahead of her. That loss of purpose left her depressed and with no sense of self. Although she lacked direction, Freda still maintained a relationship with her church. It was there that her friend Karen, a past Job Training Program graduate, shared with her information about BHH. Having such an affinity for helping people, it comes as no surprise that she pursued enrollment in our Home Health Aide (HHA) program. After being accepted, Freda began to see the clearer picture of what her new path in life looked like. Freda carried that enthusiasm throughout her HHA training and quickly obtained her certification. She met with her Job Mentor, drafted a polished resume and submitted it to a friend who manages a Home Health Aide business. Since then Freda has written several letters of gratitude thanking the donors and contributors that support our Job Training Programs. When we last spoke with Freda, she had recently undergone surgery. We’re pleased to share that she’s recovering nicely and excited to get back to work. It’s true… success is relative. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was a journey of self-discovery and a future in a field she’s passionate about.

Job Training Success Story - Antonios Pavlidis

"If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?" It’s a question we’ve all been asked at least once in our life. Some of us conjure up childhood dream jobs (ice cream taste tester, movie star), others day-dream more lucrative careers (President, CEO of a big company). For Antonios Pavlidis, his answer was simple… he wanted to drive; specifically he wanted his Commercial Driver’s License. With a background in customer service and sales, he’s held jobs that he’s been good at but just not ones that fulfilled him. When he and his wife immigrated to the United States from Greece in 2016, he used it as an opportunity to research the trucking industry and its requirements. With his goal fixed, he (as with some of our other CDL students) independently obtained his CDL Class A temporary permit, the first stage in receiving a Commercial Driver’s License. From there, he was referred to Boca Helping Hands where he was blown away by the comprehensiveness of the curriculum in our Phase I Job Readiness Classes. When the time came for Antonios to take his CDL Class A driver’s examination, he had already completed his job search. Having already applied and interviewed with Schneider Transportation and Logistics Services, Antonios accepted an offer of employment the very day he received his CDL.  If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Antonios had his answer, and thankfully Boca Helping Hands had his solution. 

Job Training Success Story - Shavontae Tate

Shavontae Tate wasn’t looking for a new job when she reached out to Boca Helping Hands… she was looking for a new career path! Working as a Call Center Supervisor, she had manageable income and a steady paycheck. Yet she had aspirations beyond the four walls of the Deerfield Beach building. When her boyfriend discovered BHH’s CDL Job Training Program, she urged him to pursue it. She saw the program for what it truly was, a life-changing opportunity. Upon his graduation, she immediately called BHH so she too could alter her course towards a more prosperous destination. We’re pleased to share that Shavontae has become that person she’s trying to be in life. When we last spoke she was just days away from heading to Dallas, TX to begin her 6 week company training at Frozen Food Express (FFF). From there she and her boyfriend (who also works from FFF) would hit the road together swapping out driving shifts in the same truck. Teaming up in this way allows for less down time and the couple to make more money long-term. With her 6-week training sure to fly by and their first route just on the horizon, the pair have truly changed their course in life. We look forward to hearing about the new roads they’ll travel and what prosperous destinations they’re headed towards. 

Job Mentoring Success Story - Josefina Compres

It’s one thing to be good at your job… it’s another thing to also LOVE your job. Josefina Compres loved her job as a life insurance agent. That’s why when a medical procedure and shift in her health meant she was unable to keep up the rigorous traveling her job demanded; she knew her next job needed to be one she loved just as much. After years in her prior role, she found herself in need of an updated resume and a boost of confidence.

Job Training Success Story - Tim Sammiels

When speaking with Tim Sammiel, Jr. for more than 5 minutes, two things are made perfectly clear… Tim is a man built on motivation and appreciation.

Job Mentoring Success Story - Cecilia Randazzo

On paper Cecilia Randazzo is a well accomplished woman. She’s lived on 3 different continents, grew up in Hawaii, speaks 4 different languages and has a solid background in Hospitality. Yet when she moved back to the US after 20 years, she was greeted with a vastly different job market than when she left.

Job Mentoring Success Story - Jap Riley

At 24 years young Jap Riley’s fear left him surrendering to the way things were in life. Depending solely on the kindness of his family, Jap was without a job, struggled with severe literacy issues and lacked the drive to change any of it… that is until 6 months ago with the birth of his child.