Martina, a member of our food production team, came to the United States fourteen years ago from Mexicoâ€™s state of Morelos. After moving to Boise following a few years in Chicago, she and her three children lived in a local shelter, where she enrolled in English courses with the help of the shelterâ€™s director. Her case manager laterÂ referred her to Create Common Good, where she learned valuable job skills in the Level One course, and transitioned onto our full-time food production staff following her graduation.
Since coming to CCG, Martinaâ€™s life has changed through learning and acquiring the skills she needs to work in an industrial kitchen and as a prep cook. Sheâ€™s overcome her barriers â€“ including limited English skills, a surgery to prevent breast cancer, and the inability to find childcare for her children. Create Common Good is a team, she says, and sheâ€™s a valuable player on it.