“Mi Mar is a single mother who moved to Austin 2 months ago from the Twin Cities (St. Paul) with her little boy. She is from the Karenni community. A few days after her arrival in Austin, a friend of hers told her to go to the Welcome Center to seek assistance. Her goals were to find a job and then rent an apartment for herself and her little boy.
Mi Mar came to the Welcome Center and met with our Asian Social Service Coordinator. Mi Mar had help filling out her job applications for QPP and Hormel. The following week, we called QPP for a follow up and received an interview appointment for Mi Mar.
The day of the job interview, our Asian Social Service Coordinator went to QPP with Mi Mar and assisted her with language support. Mi Mar was hired and started working at QPP the following week.
One month later, Mi Mar came back for housing assistance. Maria utilized our list of landlords and called for a housing appointment. They went for a visit the next day, and today Mi Mar is living with her son in the apartment she rented. She attended our first Virtual Inviting Table event and expressed her deep gratitude for all the Welcome Center is doing in Austin community.”