You may remember Esmeralda from last year’s Jobs Summit fundraising event. She fled an abusive situation in Mexico and came to the United States with no high school diploma and no work experience. But her strong desire to build a better life kept her going, sometimes on less than five hours of sleep each night.
Esmeralda shared her story at HIRED’s 2014 Jobs Summit in front of nearly 300 guests. Many had tears in their eyes as Esmeralda expressed her gratitude for their generous donations. Without them, she might still be cleaning hotel rooms and earning minimum wage, hardly able to support her two daughters.
Last week, Esmeralda passed a Trained Medication Aide exam, earning her two college credits and a promotion at St. Gertrude’s. She’s well on her way to earning a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certification, which she plans to have by the end of 2016. She’s even referred her two younger sisters to HIRED and both have completed Certified Nursing Assistant training, just as Esmeralda did, through HIRED’s health care training program at Hennepin Technical College.
But wait – there’s more.
Esmeralda’s incredible story caught the attention of the Star Tribune, which featured her in an article this past summer (http://www.startribune.com/business/269593131.html). Shortly after the article ran, a caring couple reached out to Esmeralda because they were touched by her strength in the face of adversity. They offered to sponsor Esmeralda’s continuing education and sent a check to cover tuition and books for her first semester of LPN training.
We are so proud of Esmeralda and wish her continued success.