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Middlesex County Workforce Investment Board

Meet Roy

Workforce Challenge

Roy is a family man with a disabled wife who is unable to work, and six children. His number one priority was to provide for his family. He was previously a limousine driver but wanted a new career. Out of desperation to take care of his family, he regrettably had a brush with the law. He was determined to put that mishap behind him and forge a new career in culinary to support his family.

Workforce Solution

Roy was enrolled in Promise Jobs Culinary School through the WorkFirst program. Relying on public transportation, he faithfully made it to school every day with homework that he had completed very late at night after his children were in bed. He completed the rigorous training in May 2009 with a certificate in the Culinary Arts. Before and after graduating, he volunteered at Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in order to gain valuable on-the-job experience. He became known as a hard worker and a very reliable person.

Outcomes & Benefits

When a job as a Sous Chef opened up at The Café at Elijah’s Promise, Roy was hired based on his dependability and motivation. The Café provides a warm environment for anyone that would like a meal, regardless of financial means. Roy plays a big part in The Café’s success, by being the first person the customers see when they walk in and immediately putting them at ease. He has proven himself to be a dependable and valuable employee, providing a high level of professionalism and customer service. He continues to volunteer at Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen, even after having worked a full day at The Café.

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