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In 2013 when Precious found Housing Hope she was 9 months pregnant and homeless.  She found Housing Hope through a referral to help her, her boyfriend and her soon to be born daughter to get off the streets.  Her daughter was born a week after getting housing.

While at Housing Hope Precious was taking classes about getting back into the job market.  During one of the classes she was approached by the employment specialist and asked about a possible opportunity to intern at ReNewWorks Home and Decor.  She was set up to interview with Callie at ReNewWorks and started her internship the following week.

“I hadn’t worked in 10 years when I came to ReNewWorks, having been on disability.  I knew it was a good opportunity.”  Precious said she was motivated by her young daughter to get back to work.  “I want her to know that no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to straighten up.”

Precious said she learned a lot during her internship here at ReNewWorks.  Besides learning about computers, furniture, and photography, she also learned she had a voice and can talk, and that she made friends here.  “I also learned there are no stupid questions and to always ask for help if you need it.”

Precious  got a job working at Staples at the end of her internship where she is currently working.


GroundWorks Success Stories


7 months ago Sergey was living on the streets. He faced a variety of barriers which prevented him from finding work. He connected with an Employment Specialist who recommended the GroundWorks Internship Program as a way to reenter the workforce.

Sergey said he learned a lot during his internship here at GroundWorks. “GroundWorks is awesome. It helped me out in just three months when I needed it….I learned a lot, the team is awesome.”

Now that Sergey’s internship has ended he is going back to school to learn to read and write. After that he plans to find work; “I like working. Doesn’t matter what job it is, I will do it”.



Abused as a child and abandoned at an orphanage at the age of 9, Michael had been living on the streets since the age of 19. Today Michael has a place of his own for the first time in his life. “I have a freedom today…I am so glad that I don’t have to survive like that anymore. GroundWorks is a great opportunity for anybody that wants to turn their life around.” When Michael’s internship ended he was hired on as part of the crew at GroundWorks and now is a full-time employee.






In July 2014 O’Rian was a single father of a 9 year-old daughter.  He was getting housing support through Catholic Community Services and other support through DSHS, but his time was running out with CCS as he had not been able to find a job in 6 months.  He was introduced to an employment specialist for Housing Hope who put him into the Housing Hope life skills classes.  From there O’Rian interviewed for an internship at GroundWorks Landscaping and started shortly afterwards.

“I wanted to prove myself and work hard,” O’Rian said about his internship with GroundWorks.  “I was willing to learn and I hadn’t worked in so long I wanted to show someone I was a hard worker.”

O’Rian learned a lot during his internship, he lost a lot of weight, and his confidence went way up.  He said he never had a job that boosted his self-esteem, and that has helped him outside of work also.  He was proud when he earned his certificate of completion at the end of his internship as he could say he earned it from his hard work.

When O’Rian’s internship ended he was hired on as part of the crew at GroundWorks and now is a full-time employee.  O’Rian said he is excited because he really likes the people he works with, Housing Hope and HopeWorks, and what the agencies stand for.  He also said it is the first time he has had a job with benefits and paid sick time.  He is now off DSHS support and taking care of his daughter all by himself.

“My daughter sees me in a whole new light,” he said.  “I wanted a hand up, not a hand out, and that is what I got here.”


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