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From Homeless to Hired: Jeffery's Story

Jeffery Kreisel lived at the City Union Mission Christian Life Center, a local shelter for the homeless in Kansas City. Last June, he toured the Warehouseman Training Inc. facility, and decided to invest the time and effort in training.

Since finances were a challenge, Jeffery enrolled as a member of the Full Employment Council, where he received financial aid and supportive services as he participated in the Tech Hire program, allowing him to enroll in Warehouseman Training Inc.

Through the program, Jeffery earned his Certified Warehouseman and Material Handler Certification, OSHA PIT Safety Certification, Operator’s License on Classes I, II and III, as well as his OSHA 10 Hour Safety Course.

“Jeffery has an excellent attitude. He is respectful, hardworking, and follows instructions well. He was early every day. Jeffery fully participated in the class and had good input. He was always ready for the morning review and could answer most questions put to him,” said instructor Doran Clevenger.

Upon completion of his training, Jeffery went to work through Express Employment at the Smithfield Foods, Kansas City Sausage Company. He began driving a forklift for them, making $15 an hour. Before too long, he put in his application for the second shift lead position.

Now, Jeffery makes $18.50 an hour, and has left the homeless shelter behind. He now lives on his own, working a job he enjoys.

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