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I was born and raised in the Midwest until the age of seventeen. My biological father disappeared from my family when I was around three years old. Struggle was the name of the game. My mother met another man, who took over and made sure we had everything we needed. Loved this man with everything I had in me. He was involved with and made his living from the dope game. My new father was murdered in 1988, I was around 12 years old. I was taken from my mother who was pregnant with his baby girl. We struggled and you couldn’t tell me nothing. We didn’t have the finer things in life which led me to selling drugs as well. I started using at the age of 13 and had no hope... no money...nothing. Long story short poor choices, at an early age led to prison not once, nor twice but I’m a three time loser. I didn’t have many options once I was released on parole and was about to just do what I knew to make money, which was the same old negative lifestyle. Only now any little thing would put me away for a long time. As my brain was still thinking negatively the good lord had other plans. I was introduced to the organization called FIT. I didn’t have much hope in this place and I was about to give up. God told me otherwise; knowing I wasn’t a quitter I gave FIT a shot. The best choice I have ever made was going to FIT. This organization, I cannot thank enough for saving me from myself. Today I am a father of two beautiful girls and a family man on the way to brighter things in life. They paid for me to get my CDL and I've been working full-time as a truck driver. Trust in FIT. When all hope is lost, they are the path to a future.
On July 31, 2017, I was released from the NDOC after serving ten and a half years. I came out with no real up-to-date job skills or training, and no idea as to how to prepare my resume, so I turned to FIT. I successfully completed the Stages of Employment Job Readiness class. Soon thereafter, Case Manager Ms. Rita, was assigned to help me to develop my skills through vocational training, and to assist me towards securing employment. With my dedication towards bettering myself and taking advantage of the many programs FIT has to offer, I now have my certification in ServSafe, a very strong and honest resume, and the skills/training to conduct myself professionally during an interview. Moreover, I am now a member of the Culinary Workers' Union, and employed as a cook full time. FIT has played an important role in my achievements thus far.
FIT provided me with the necessary training, Certified Logistics Technician, in order to achieve my employment goal as a Warehouse Athlete. I have been employed full-time at a local warehouse for six months.
FIT's excellent training helped me to be promoted to Ship Alone Lead; I supervised 15 to 20 Warehouse Athletes during this period. Great experience!
In order to complete my Logistics Training goal, I hope to participate in the Southwest Trucking's CDL Program in February - March 2018. It is my hope that FIT aid will assist me in this process.
To all those who don't know FIT, they have been my saving Grace. It is my prayer that FIT will continue to be funded for the next five years in order to help with the re-entry training of individual back into society.