A partnership between The Salvation Army and SER- Jobs for Progress produced a 120-hour course in Customer Service and Food Handler Training that awarded certificates and food-handler certifications to 10 job-seekers in Galveston.
“This is a new course for us,” said Eduardo Elizondo of SER. “We are really pleased with the results and with our partnership with The Salvation Army. There aren’t any other shelters that I know of that are offering this caliber of training on-site.”
The training was offered free-of-charge to the community. The course consisted of classroom teaching and practical experience in the kitchen and Family Store of The Salvation Army. A graduation ceremony was held to honor the 10 graduates June 27 at The Salvation Army Center of Hope. Local staffing agencies were on-site following the ceremony to take applications and do interviews. Before lunch, two of the ten students had a job.
Instructors Al Green and Rickey Davis reminded the graduates of their high value to the community and in the eyes of God. They acknowledged the hard work of the students and encouraged them to step out in faith, knowing they have been prepared for the challenges ahead. They encouraged the students to face the challenges with courage, knowing that God had a plan for each one of them. Several of the students expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the class, naming the sense of camaraderie that developed through the teamwork exercises as their favorite component.
This was the second vocational class offered to the community through the partnership of SER and The Salvation Army. In February, 24 students graduated with fork-lift operation certification. To date, 13 people who attended these classes have found employment. SER and The Salvation Army will offer more classes, free-of-charge, to the community in the future. Notification of new classes can be found be following The Salvation Army Galveston on Facebook or Twitter.