Robert from Chicago, IL

I moved to pursue a trade career. I need equipment to find work as a welder!

I'm learning welding skills at JARC; before I can start work, I need safety equipment. Working as a welder will let me be financially independent.


Hi, my name is Robert. I am a current student at Jane Addams Resource Corporation in the Welding Fast Track Program. My dream always has been to work in the trades, but I never had the opportunity to do so. Growing up in Florida, transportation was always an issue. I have never owned a car before and could not get to any of the union headquarters because lack of a car and transportation. Because of these barriers I decided to move to Chicago to be closer family and the trades to have a better opportunity to achieve my dream.

My goal is to be financially stable enough to be independent. I also would like to move on from working in retail and go to the welding industry. Welding will provide a living wage where I can plan my financial future, purchase a home, and save for retirement.

To complete this goal, I will need the necessary equipment: a welding jacket, a helmet, and steel toe boots. These items will allow me to do the job safely, and are typically not provided by employers.

Meeting this goal will make it easier to get a job in welding and also will allow me to pursue my career to the best of my abilities.

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

I have known Robert for about 5 months now. I really cannot say enough good things about Robert's initiative, dependability, and drive while at JARC. I really think funding this need will definitely go a long way for Robert; he has always been so honest and clear about what he’s looking for, and it would be great to see him receive this help.

About Alan

My job title is Asset Building and Career Developer. I work with the graduates of our training programs. Once they are employed, I provide financial coaching to help achieve financial stability, and help them navigate any new career issues.

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