Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

Community Leadership in Action!

Posted by katieschmahl on January 27, 2010

In the past couple weeks, I’ve heard a lot of  stories from our many Gaithersburg meetings that I wanted to share:

-Fatou, a resident who came to the Neighbors Exchange, got an interview for a job at Holy Cross Hospital while applying for Neighbor Corps!!

-Jean Paul has become the unofficial ambassador for Parklane Apartments and residents come to him for help or advice with many things (ex. talking to the city officials about getting a lock for the apartment tennis court so that people don’t go in and vandalize it).

-Jean Paul and Noellie shared the info they received from Montgomery Works about ESOL classes and then Laura also shared that the classes that she and Pedro attend is actually closer- at Gaithersburg High School!

-Pedro stepped up to co- facilitate the last meeting by leading the opening and closing!

-Roberto shared  a really funny story about his interview in a restaurant where he had to cook and he told his interviewer that “no one cooks like me!” Then, as he was cooking rice, he got distracted by a woman who was struggling to wash her dog close by. Being the nice person he is, he offered to help her, but forgot about his meal and it burnt! See video below for more of the story.

-Maricar expressed how much she looks forward to this weekly meeting  and that if she ever became rich, she would make sure everyone in the group was taken care of, but for now, her contribution is that she prays for everyone in the group daily!

Hugh Bailey has also been an integral part of the group by helping with the workforce development piece, and last week shared some resume tips! See below for video.

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