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No barrier too high


May 16, 2016 Employment, FLASH, Success Stories , , , 0 Comments

For a time, Michael found himself in a difficult situation and without a place to call home. Not one to give up, he began doing everything he could to make a better life for himself. He was able to find housing through Shared Housing Services, and in 2015 he began working with Vadis’ FLASH program to learn employment and life skills to help set him on a career path to success.

Michael cooking

Michael participated in FLASH’s Food $ence workshop where he learned hands on food prep, cooking, and, of course, healthy eating habits. He also learned how to shop economically.

At that time, Michael had just finished a massage therapy certification course at Everest College and was working part time at the YMCA. He knew what he what he wanted for his life and was focused on that goal, and Vadis began helping him prepare for his massage therapy state license by purchasing flash cards for him as well as a study guide.

Although he was already working, Michael needed full-time employment in order to fully support himself while he studied. He began working with Vadis FLASH consultant Sandra Iverson to find a job that was easily accessible via the bus line.

Michael finally got an interview at Enterprise Car Rentals and was hired, but only part-time. A hard worker, Michael worked two part-time jobs and often never had a day off.

During that time, Michael took his state test to become a licensed massage therapist but was just a few points shy of passing.

Instead of giving up, he began working out a plan to achieve his goals. He got a tutor at his school and then was hired full-time at Enterprise – all while still working part time at the YMCA. Michael took FLASH workshops on nutrition and spending, created a budget, and worked hard on establishing good credit.


Michael couldn’t be happier to finally have his own apartment to call home.

Last month Michael’s hard work paid off. He signed a one year lease on an apartment close to his work and was able to quit his part-time job at the YMCA after 11 years of employment.

Michael is now is working over 40 hours a week at Enterprise and preparing to take his state exam once again to become a licensed massage therapist.

“I am so proud of Michael’s hard work and determination,” Iverson said. “He stayed focused and approached each hurdle with a vision. No barrier was too high.”

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