Volunteer Eliana “Ellie” Jaimes-Figueroa came to the Washington County ReStore from a work experience program run by the Oregon Human Development Corporation (OHDC), based in Hillsboro. Ellie served the ReStore as a customer service assistant and cashier while actively looking for full time employment with a focus on accounting and banking. Her placement at the ReStore was helpful in providing her more customer service and cash handling experience. Ellie quickly became a valuable member of the Washington County ReStore team – ask any of the regular customers. Her willingness to learn and her great attitude made a difference in our store. After multiple interviews and a skills test Ellie landed a job at a Wells Fargo call center toward the end of her work experience placement. The Washington County ReStore crew misses having her around but wishes Ellie the best of luck at her new position with Wells Fargo. Thanks Ellie!
OHDC places program participants in local business and organizations for an average of 320 hours of work experience while OHDC assists the participants in an ongoing job search and provides a paycheck during their work experience. With a mission “to promote economic and social advancement of farmworkers, Hispanics, and disadvantaged individuals through the provision of education, training, advocacy and services that enhance self-sufficiency” (www.ohdc.org), OHDC makes a difference in our communities with the help of multiple partner agencies and work placement sites. We are honored to have participated in this program, and we are proud of Ellie’s accomplishment in getting her new job.