At some point during last year Keni walked through the doors of the AACF office located in north Oak Park. With two boys, age five and seven, and a series of temporary job placements, Keni was having trouble supporting himself and his family.
A high school dropout, Keni has earned his GED. Earlier, as a child and teenager, he had difficulty concentrating and focusing in school. Similarly, now, he struggles with reading and comprehending directions, staying focused, and remembering details. Nevertheless, he enjoys working with his hands and does not mind heavy lifting. Some of his temp jobs have included warehouse work, janitorial, construction, and kitchen work. But he needs full time employment, and hopefully with benefits for himself and his family.
Moving from temp job to temp job did not make financial ends meet for Keni and his sons. We are glad that he found AACF, where he has received help with job finding skills, polishing his resume, interviewing, and job placements. AACF connected Keni with CTA’s Second Chance Program which placed him as a Bus Servicer.
CTA’s Second Chance Program offers further workforce development support and training and the possibility of intern-to-hire for Keni’s position. He is grateful for the assistance he received from AACF and has passed word along to some of his coworkers. And Keni knows where to go as well should he need help with finding work in the future. We are glad that he did not give up on his goals of getting a great job and building a financially sustainable future for himself and his family!
Come to AACF if you ever need assistance with finding work or with job training.
Learn more about our partnership with CTA’s Second Chance Program here