Tiffany and Ronnie Carter came to Atlanta from Michigan for a fresh start. With the help of Integrity, the Carters are starting their fresh start with a promising outlook.
The Carters moved to Atlanta after Ronnie was released from prison. Being from Michigan, they wanted to come to a new place with more opportunities. “We were tired of doing the same thing, so we came to a new area, a new way of life, and you just prosper from there,” Ronnie said.
After moving, Tiffany started researching education and employment programs, which is how they found Integrity. Ronnie and Tiffany found the staff very helpful when enrolling in the NET Professional Development Program. “I thought it was really awesome. It was amazing how there were a lot of supportive people there. They not only reached out to us, but they made sure that we had everything we needed to go along with the program,” Tiffany said. Ronnie said found this course especially helpful since he was recently released from prison, so the class helped him learn professionalism and how to talk to people in the workplace.
After completing the program, the Carters went through the Forklift Operator Training Program, and were in the first cohort of graduates. Having support in the job search was especially important for Ronnie since he has a background. “I wasn’t on my own. When I went to apply for jobs, Integrity had my back,” Ronnie said.
Ronnie is now gainfully employed as a forklift operator and Tiffany is on her way to securing a job. Being able to work is important to the Carters because it allows them to provide for their family and set good examples for their children. They appreciate the staff’s hard work and feel that they are still part of the Integrity family, even though they graduated from the program. “I honestly believe that it’s amazing,” Tiffany said. “It’s a blessing.”