kelso Success Stories

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A Client's trust allows Compass
to be his guide in the right direction

I came to Compass Career Solutions in November of 2018. I heard about their employment program from my mental health counselor and decided to drop in on my way home from that appointment to see what they were all about. What I found at the Kelso office initially almost convinced me to abandon my plans. 

Celebrating 30 Years of Continuous Employment

For over 30 years Jeff woke up bright and early to complete his shift at Cap’n Yoby’s in Kelso Washington every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Jeff’s typical day would start by meeting his job coach from Compass Career Solutions and clocking in. Jeff would then gather his cleaning materials and off he went.

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Resilience in adversity

Velvet reached out to Compass for housing assistance because she and her partner were homeless, and sleeping in an alley in a borrowed camper. A variety of challenges included being evicted from their trailer, a poor rental history and past incarceration made the housing search daunting.

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A place to call home

Hello, my name is Roger and this is my story. Last year was a horrible year for me and I was living in a camper that was basically unfit to live in. I remember seeing a flyer from Compass about a program that helped with Housing and Employment.

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Community connections

Say hello to Ben. He has been with Compass in the Community Inclusion program for many years. Before the pandemic shut everything down, Ben would go to Porky’s Public House for a root beer and occasionally to listen to live music, which he really enjoys! Unfortunately, Ben has not been able to visit for nearly a year due to COVID-19 related restrictions.

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Enjoying Lasting success

This is Monte. You may remember him from his previous appearance in this series when we discussed his accomplishment of reaching his first year employed. We are happy to say that it has been over two year and he still loves it.  

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Happy to be working

In 2004 Compass assisted Larry in getting a position as a janitor at OfficeMax. When OfficeMax was bought out by Office Depot, Larry was able to transfer with several of his coworkers and continue working for the company that he had grown to love. 

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The job of his dreams

Shane has been looking for employment for the last 20 years, since he left his last job. He has dreamed of working with animals, specifically fish and was focused on finding a position in a pet store where he would be able to work near animals. 

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SW Washington Counties Work Together

James had been homeless for so many years that it started becoming normal to him. As he traveled through town he could point out the places where he would lay his head at night. He had accepted that this was how his life was going to be.