Esteban from Staten Island, NY

Trying to find work; I've been to job fairs but find crowds difficult. A laptop would help!

I've been diagnosed with schizophrenia disorder, but I don't let it hold me back. I want to find a job & help my mom out; a laptop could be a huge help, letting me search and apply from home.

My need and situation

I am 25 years old who was diagnosed with schizophrenia disorder. I live with my mother and younger brother.

My goals are to find employment, move out from my mother's house, and become an independent individual.

I need a laptop. I spend most of my time recycling cans, and find it very difficult to find a job that is suitable for me. I attend various job fairs, however my insecurities within large crowds began to develop.

Meeting this need will help me because I will be able to find jobs online, and be able to type my stories. I know that with a laptop I will be able to keep busy as well as find activities outside from home.

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This need has been validated by PO Ortega from NYC Department of Probation

PO Ortega


Validated by PO Ortega from NYC Department of Probation (What does this mean?)

I have supervised Esteban for the past two years. He has participated in temporary programs that have allowed him to work and earn some money. Recently, he participated in a 12 week program every Saturday by farming and planting at the Snug Harbor location. Our main focus is for Esteban to find a decent job so that he can help his mother financially.

About PO Ortega

For the past two years, I have been working for the Department of Probation as a Probation Officer. I am motivated to help my clients change their attitudes and behavior. My work involves supervising probationers to continue staying out of trouble and to help reduce recidivism.