“I love being of service to the same community that raised me. Turning pain and trauma into triumph. I’ve accomplished some of my own goals, and my heart is fulfilled day by day by pushing others to achieve their own goals.”
Formerly Experiencing Homelessness to Serving the Community
Before enrolling in LA:RISE at Homeboy, Enrique faced long-term unemployment and unstable housing. He began working at their social enterprise Homeboy Industries where the staff says he was focused on his future starting on day one. In addition to completing his transitional employment, he took advantage of a variety of wraparound services, including mental health therapy and life skills classes. After sharing his desire to continue his education, Enrique was referred to an Academic Coordinator who helped him enroll in Los Angeles Trade Technical College. In addition to pursuing his education, transitional employment, and other services, Enrique volunteered with youth in his spare time and worked with Homeboy staff on the facilitation of several support groups. Following completion of his transitional employment, Enrique applied and was chosen for a paid internship at Project 180, an organization serving the reentry population and those experiencing homelessness.
After completing the LA:RISE program, Enrique received four full-time employment offers. He selected a position as a Site Manager with First-To-Serve, an organization that provides transitional housing and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. It is a job that provides economic stability, builds on the skills he developed during his transitional employment, and allows Enrique to give back to the community.