PRIDE Industries is lucky to have a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. To keep board members connected to our mission and understanding the impact of their work, we share stories of success with them when they meet quarterly. Dwayne Russell and Rey Javar – both veterans – were kind enough to speak with them about their journeys to PRIDE.
Dwayne Russell, a decorated veteran, served in the Navy from 2004-2008. He was embedded with the Marines as a corpsman in the medic unit, serving a tour of duty in Iraq where he evacuated wounded warriors, saving Marines’ lives.
Dwayne struggled with employment and became homeless after completing his service. He was referred to PRIDE Industries by Volunteers of America (VOA) in Sacramento, a nonprofit partner which focuses on housing and stability, while PRIDE provides employment training programs. VOA found Dwayne housing; PRIDE’s Employment Services team supported Dwayne in his effort to secure permanent work. He earned a position on PRIDE’s contract at McClellan Commissary. However, the next hurdle was securing a reliable means of transportation. Case Manager, Amanda E. reached out to PRIDE Industries Foundation. Thanks to your support and generous contributions, Dwayne now gets to work on a newly purchased bicycle – a small, but critical thing to ensure stability at work.
Rey had been unemployed for three years when he found PRIDE Industries. He had applied for numerous jobs without success. Anyone will tell you that the longer you are out of work, the harder it is to get back in. Rey was referred to PRIDE’s Employment Services program where Tracy L., a Job Developer, worked with him on his resume, interviewing skills and attended job clubs. Within a few weeks Rey had impressed our PRIDE team at the Sacramento International Airport – Terminal B where he was hired as a custodian. He is a valued member of our team and recently celebrated his one year anniversary at PRIDE Industries. Congratulations Rey!
These success stories are made possible thanks to generous contributions from Sierra Health Foundation, Wells Fargo, Teichert Foundation, and Bank of America supporting PRIDE’s employment services for veterans. For more information about PRIDE Industries Foundation and our programs, visit: prideindustriesfoundation.org/programs.