We’re only as successful as our clients…
Kurtis was struggling financially after suffering a workplace injury and was relying on a small disability income. Kurtis was referred to FIT by a friend who had successfully completed the FIT program.
Kurtis’ family owned a trucking company and he spent his childhood surrounded by drivers. He always knew that eventually he wanted to start his own trucking company. Unfortunately, Kurtis started using drugs and made some poor decisions. After spending time in jail Kurtis decided to get clean and knew that he needed to change his life.
Once he was released, he made his way to FIT. Kurtis met with his Case Manager and shared his goals, which included getting his CDL class A and one day owning a truck. Kurtis was diligent in the process leading up to training and was beyond grateful when he found out that he was approved for the Class A CDL training at no cost to him. Kurtis’ determination to achieve his goal was impressive; he even slept in his pick-up during training. Eager to work, Kurtis began looking for a job prior to graduating with his CDL license. By the time he graduated, he had already been hired with Covenant Transportation with a signing bonus, making $21.64 an hour plus benefits.
Kurtis worked with Covenant for 6 months but knew he wanted more. Kurtis recently became an Owner/Operator of his own trucking company and purchased his first truck. Kurtis is now living his dream, making $69.55 an hour and running his own business. Kurtis has always kept in contact with his Case Manager and shows his appreciation for FIT any chance he gets. Kurtis’ life has changed more than he could ever imagine, and it was all because he did not give up on his goals and more importantly, himself.
We have three objective quantitative measurements of a client’s success and of FIT’s accomplishments:
- The number of clients employed annually;
- The amount by which clients’ annual income increased; and
- The amount by which clients’ demand on public assistance decreased.
Experience has shown us that every year following successful employment, FIT employed will be able to be self-sufficient without requiring public assistance. Furthermore, their earnings will generally increase until the date of their retirement.