A mother's determination despite her barrier proves to an employer she can be a great employee

When I was approved for supported employment through Compass Career Solutions, my life was so broken. I was living in the women’s homeless shelter with my 7 year old and 1 year old daughters. We had been there 6 months and when my employment consultant called me to let me know I was approved, I just couldn’t make it to the Compass office in Kennewick without me and my girls going hungry all day. 


When I explained to Eliza that I had no car, and my only transportation was the public bus, I would not have time to go to the office and be back in time to eat lunch at the shelter at noon. When you miss lunch at a shelter, you have to wait until 6 p.m. to eat again, so that means me and my youngest daughter would not eat.  


Without hesitation Eliza said, "No problem, if you are at the shelter now, I will come to you with the paperwork to get your intake done and get started looking for a job."


I was so happy! We filled out the paperwork and talked about where I would like to work. Eliza saw it was close to noon and asked if she could take me and my daughter to the men’s shelter to eat lunch?  I instantly felt like Eliza was caring and listened to what I wanted to do, it was a positive turn at that point in my life, and it felt very nice. 


Within a month, when I received my income tax check, I bought a car and was now mobile and able to move around a lot better. I then heard the worst news a mother could hear, that I had to leave the women’s shelter within a week. My time had run out and I had to leave. I reached out to my Case Manager, my Housing Consultant Amy, and Eliza my Employment Consultant to ask for advice on what to do? All three communicated with each other and came to the shelter to have a meeting with my shelter manager, and pleaded for me and my daughters to stay. but they had no luck.  


That Friday morning, I had to leave with nowhere to go. I was so stressed out, but Eliza spoke with the HR manager at Pasco Processing. By the end of that day, the manager had sent Eliza an offer letter, which turned out to be a greatest blessing because with that job offer, HRC was able to house me and my two daughters in a shelter.


I can now say I have been working at Pasco Processing since the end of April. I started as a packer (utility), and now I am a tote scaler with a set shift. Eliza, my Compass employment consultant has been a great blessing, and I am glad to be given the chance to prove that I can be a great employee, and it feels good moving up due to my good work. 


Compass Career Solutions has been a blessing to me and my girls. I always get treated as an equal, and feel so respected.

I have been recommending them to all my acquaintances, family and friends. Thank you!



Rubi, Tote Scaler, Employed 9 months