HopeWorks Social Enterprises creates pathways to self-sufficiency through social enterprises that provide hope, empowerment, education and job training. Renew Home & Decor offers paid internships that help individuals develop soft and hard skills allowing graduates to move into the retail/resale industry prepared with valuable experience.
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 ReNew Home & Decor. She was set up to interview with Callie at ReNew Home & Decor and started her internship the following week.
“I hadn’t worked in 10 years when I came to ReNew Home & Decor, 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 ReNew Home & Decor. 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.