Michelle’s Story: Second Chances Start Here

May 1, 2021 | Success Stories

Michelle K. initially came to SERJobs for a Community Job Fair in late 2020. She had recently been released from incarceration and was interested in obtaining her CDL.

Within a few days of meeting SER staff, Michelle enrolled in CDL training. An outstanding student, Michelle applied herself to the course, quickly obtained her CDL, and found employment at the Houston Food Bank.

Michelle often made time for appointments with her SER career coach and financial coach. She keeps SER staff apprised of her progress, stating that she is doing very well and looking forward to advancing there once she has reached a year of employment. Michelle stated that she is very well liked at the job and often makes attempts to offer a helping hand to coworkers once she completes her route. She has also related that she has been able to mend broken relationships with family members, and they are now active in each others’ lives. Michelle expressed to staff that she is very grateful to SER and all they have helped her to accomplish. She has also related her gratitude for SER staff’s encouraging words when she was ready to give up.

Since obtaining employment, Michelle has ask her probation officer to refer his female clients looking for a second chances to SER for services. She also informed SER that she has completed 2 years of probation and has 3 years left. Michelle recently wrote the Texas Parole Board requesting early release due to being a productive citizen. She will update her career coach with the result of her request.

Since obtaining employment at the Houston Food Bank, Michelle has moved in to her own apartment and is committed to making sure she keeps making concrete steps to better her life. Michelle would like to purchase a home in the future and is currently paying on her debt to make sure her credit improves. Michelle stated that she received all the stimulus packages and is saving it for her future.

Eventually, Michelle would love to start her own company. She has been in talks with her credit union regarding purchasing a truck to get her own business started – an all-women’s driving company.