Joslyn is an adult transitional jobs training participant, who has faced numerous barriers such as a criminal history and limited employment experience. Since the very first day of enrollment, Joslyn demonstrated the drive and determination to utilize all that WIOA has to offer, including coaching and referrals from HELP-NM’s Community Support Advocate. As time went on, she began to show great strides in her training, and WIOA staff began to receive calls from her training site with direct praise from her supervisor. Joslyn was placed at the Santa Fe Recovery Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, located in Espanola, New Mexico, under the direct supervision of a behavioral health therapist. Joslyn completed her training on April 16, 2021 and began her full-time position with the Santa Fe Recovery Center on April 19, 2021. She works 30 hours a week for $12.50 per hour. She is also in the process of obtaining her Licensed Substance Abuse Associate and Certified Peer Support Worker certifications with the assistance of her new employer. Joslyn received full employer insurance benefits for the first time in her life and is now no longer dependent on public assistance.

In Joslyn’s own words:

“Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, and perseverance. This experience has completely changed my life; I would probably still be without purpose. Now I have a career!”

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