Struggling with depression, divorced with three children and
discouraged by his failure to find a job, 58 year-old Felix Hernandez, of the Municipality of Guayama, Puerto Rico, enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
Hernandez expressed an interest in cooking, he was placed at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community
Center in Guayama to train as a prep cook, where he learned how to plan and prep menus
and prepare and serve food. The Community Center hired Hernandez as a permanent
employee in the spring of 2015 as a chef for the Kroc K-Fe. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity Experience Works
gave me to get me back into the workforce,” said Hernandez.
Perry County Veterans Affairs Office located in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
has been a valuable community partner for several years. At the helm is navy
veteran Lynn VanLeaven, who has dedicated the past 21 years of her life to the
organization and providing information and services to other local veterans and
their families. There’s always a flurry of activity so VanLeaven says serving
as an Experience Works host agency is a definite benefit.
Community Service Employment Program participant Wendy Strohecker is currently
assisting in the office. “Wendy is a tremendous help and working on several
projects that might have to go on the back burner if she wasn’t here to help,”
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