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"It's been so meaningful in my life, to know that people really do care."

Beth's Story

I spent six years in prison for forgery and identity theft.

When I first came home I was hopeful. I thought someone would hire me and give me a chance. But no one did. I lost hope pretty quickly when I couldn’t find a job. It felt like I had destroyed my whole life.

Then I saw an ad for Caridad. It sounded too good to be true. But I applied anyway and I was accepted, and it changed my life.

It’s an amazing program. I tell everybody about it. It taught me the skills I needed to get a job and keep a job, and it gave me an amazing support system. It’s been so meaningful in my life, to know that people really do care. If I need anything, they’re here for me.

I was a drug addict for years. For anyone else who might be in a situation like me, thinking they can’t go anywhere in life, I just want them to know that there is hope. That you can change your life.

Beth is a 2014 graduate of Caridad Community Kitchen. She has worked as the head chef for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona summer camp and for the University of Arizona catering department.

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