When Paulina came to the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, she was unemployed, spoke very little English and had a difficult family situation. The concerned and dedicated staff of Vocational Support Systems placed Paulina in an English as a Second Language class and a beginner’s computer class, and utilized their available resources to improve her personal circumstances.
The constant emotional support provided by the staff gave Paulina the extra motivation to successfully complete her courses. At the same time, they were able to obtain camp scholarships for each of Paulina’s children, allowing their mother the peace of mind she needed to focus on her future.
When her counselors at Vocational Support Systems got her an interview with Ohel / Bais Ezra / The Lifetime Care Foundation for the Disabled, Paulina was excited and anxious. She was hired and started working as a part-time counselor. After completing a special on-site training course, Paulina was promoted to a full-time position that boasted an excellent benefits plan.