Marco from Chicago, IL

Welding gear is critical to the success of my job search and future employment

I'm training to be a welder to provide the safe home for my son that I lacked. I'm confident that with gear I'll find a job & thrive in this industry.


I am a current student at Jane Addams Resource Corporation welding school.

I need welding gear to become a new member of a growing industry. This includes welding helmet, steel-toe boots, a welding jacket, and an eye exam to ensure I can see well enough to do my work. Meeting this need will help me because I am confident that with this gear and my welding skills I will be able to find a job no matter where I go and maintain myself as a permanent employee in the manufacturing industry. My goal is to get a full-time job in welding. The manufacturing industry works a lot like it does for a mechanic -- you have to bring your own tools a lot of times to the job.

My current situation is that I am currently looking for work. I came to JARC through my counselor at the Salvation Army where I currently live. I have been going to class at JARC for 8 weeks and I am hoping to find a welding job. I have made some mistakes in my life that have cost me my freedom, but now I have changed my life and am ready to move forward. I know that having a career will help me to be a better and more stable part of my family's life and to be able to provide the safe home for my son that I did not have growing up.

I'm of Puerto Rican descent and born in Chicago. I'm most proud of being alive. I grew up in a rough neighborhood and saw a lot of people hurt and I'm proud to have come through it. I have a 6 1/2 year old son who is very polite and well-mannered. I love to read and play math games with him, and video games as well. I'm happiest when I am spending time with my son. Something interesting about me is that I am honest and caring. I like to read, play chess, and work out.

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Validated by Jessica from Jane Addams Resource Corporation (What does this mean?)

We met when I interviewed Marco for the welding program. He was a good candidate who had done his research and wanted to use his previous construction experience to the trade of welding. I think meeting this need is important because Marco has worked hard to turn over a new leaf in his life and employment will keep him able to support himself and his family.

About Jessica

My job title is Program Coordinator. My work involves case management of all students enrolled in our welding class. What I like about my job is getting to see students get placed in employment and maintaining employment after working so hard. I love watching people pay off debts, save for houses,… Read more

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