Thursday March 3, 2016
Life can hit hard. For Cherie Strauser, the path to success began at a very low point. Wrapped up with the law, homeless, but pushing through, Cherie found an internship with us through the Larimer County Workforce Center. What was originally intended as an internship, turned into an eventual full time hiring almost 6 months after she completed her program.
Hired to answer phones, Cherie’s determination and the support from her new AllProWebTools family saw the opportunity turn into so much more. When she left, she did so with confidence, new skills and a world to conquer. On her first day, most of us noted that her soft skills were lacking, and that her computer skills left much room for improvement. However, what she lacked in those areas, she made up for with her determination and willingness to prove that she belonged at AllProWebTools.
"Cherie was so keen to learn. If you told her she was doing something incorrectly, she would take it as a challenge and hit it much harder next time. She responded so well to direction and constructive criticism."
- Shantel Vines, Director of Sales at AllProWebTools
Cherie became acquainted with the Larimer County Workforce Center when her case manager at the homeless shelter recommended that she apply for an internship through the Colorado ReHire program. Soon after, she was introduced to myself and the rest of the team, forming such a strong, instant bond that it was really inspiring to witness. She didn’t even have to interview anywhere else!
Though she hadn’t worked a 9 to 5 job in a very long time, Cherie leapt at the notion of a stable job. The fact that it was within walking distance from her then-residence meant that the offer was just too perfect to pass up. During her internship, Cherie learnt a broad spectrum of skills that would eventually serve to improve her hireability. Said skills included “typing, customer service, networking, attention to detail, and general computer literacy and efficiency, as well as learning the AllProWebTools software solution.” (larimerworkforce.org).
February of 2016 marked Cherie’s goal achieved as she became a full time employee within AllProWebTools, as well as the company’s second intern-hire through the Colorado ReHire program.
I’ve always believed that it’s our duty as fellow human beings to help one another grow, and Cherie is such a point in that case.
“It has saved my life, literally. This gave me an opportunity to get back on my feet and start a whole new lifestyle I wasn’t used to. It’s wonderful, and I’m so blessed that this has happened.”
- Cherie Strauser
Read the original article HERE
Adams, Sharron. "Ecommerce Firm Taps ReHire Colorado Talent Pool." Larimer County Workforce Center. Larimer County Workforce Center, 29 Feb. 2016. Web. 3 March 2016.