I served with the AmeriCorps in Houston, Texas. My best friend Craig Lewis encouraged me to join in 1995 when I was laid off for the fifth time in the corporate world. I began my service working with some awesome people at the Houston Read Commission on Griggs Road. We had the best AmeriCorps VISTA team in S.E. Texas.
I served as an ESL tutor working with women looking for new career, or starting their careers. We worked with them, trained them with the Women Moving up Program, and mentors worked very closely with us to train them on traditional and non-traditional jobs. Toward the end of my service, I was chosen to do so many great things for the people in my community. Even though I had been laid off of a job where I was making $2,500 a month, I did not miss that job at all. As a VISTA, I could see the difference in what I had done with my community and with myself. I became a person whom I knew people believed in and could make a change in their lives. I got more involved in the program I got a scholarship and grants later I use them for college. I later join VISTA for a 2 year service and implemented programs for parents and kids in the elementary school to help parents learn more about the homework that the children were bringing home through the Read Write Now Program. I volunteered in other school districts in the community and I began school myself - I enrolled in University of Phoenix online. I began to work with Pasadena ISD where I have been for 9 years working as an instructor. I still tutor sometimes and I love to volunteer my service anywhere. This is what I learned in AmeriCorps VISTA: to serve the community with a smile and positive motivation. I loved my VISTA service and would do it again. Thanks AmeriCorps Vista for all of your help!