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The Spirit of AmeriCorps

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by Cynthia Mejia.
Ghaisha with a client right after he got a job!

As she completes her third term with the ACCESS Project, AmeriCorps member Ghaisha Yahaya-Mohamed proudly announces that she has accepted a job offer with Church World Service’s Greensboro office to continue doing what she loves – “impacting the lives of the most vulnerable among us by restoring and renewing their hope, dignity and freedom.”

Ghaisha began her AmeriCorps journey in September 2012 at FaithAction International House where she served local immigrant and refugee clients with job searches and employment skills and increased the agency’s capacity by recruiting volunteers to teach classes and provide human services.  After taking a two-year break, Ghaisha returned for a second year of service in September 2015, this time serving with the CNNC’s Glen Haven Community Center as an Employment Program Coordinator.  She provided vital employment services to clients and built invaluable relationships with employers.  In September 2017, Ghaisha returned for a final year of service, this time serving with the CNNC’s Legacy Crossing Community Center.

Of her last year with AmeriCorps, Ghaisha says, “I just fell in love with the center and whatever comes with it! Legacy Crossing has become a second home to me! I am also fortunate to be part of a wonderful team of fellow AmeriCorps members, volunteers, interns and partner agencies who were always there to support, listen and assist with all the needs at the center. All together, we have made a tremendous impact.

Through this year, I have personally assisted about 112 clients on an individual basis with employment: resume, mock interview, job search, transportation. I have placed 25 clients in jobs and supported them to maintain their employment. I relaunched relationships with many employers and staffing agencies as well. I attended few job fairs. I served also many families with human needs services: health, transportation, interpreting, education, housing etc. I feel I did very well in coordinating daily operations at the center by maintaining relationships between partner agencies and serving a liaison between all and CNNC.This is my success story!

I strongly believe we all have done a successful job in serving others. We have changed positively many lives. Life comes with great challenges, but the most important thing is how to overcome these challenges. This demonstrate how good AmeriCorps can get things done!  I learned to become stronger in many ways because of my clients and my AmeriCorps spirit. Every time, I met with clients, I gained experiences. They always teach us something.

This was a third year of service, and it has come with some great challenges. The spirit of AmeriCorps, my passion to serve others and my faith in staying positive allowed me to make it to this year commitment. I am very proud to be an AmeriCorps.”

Want to make an impact?  Join the ACCESS Project for the 2018-19 service year.  Check out our open positions.