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After experiencing homelessness in 2016, Antonio struggled to find full-time employment.

“It was hard to keep a job with nowhere to get ready in the morning,” remembered Antonio.

Last fall, Antonio attended United Way & ManpowerGroup’s Men’s Job Seminar, a free event for local men looking to develop professional skills and find a job.

“I want to drive a forklift,” said Antonio. “I’m trained, and I love doing it.”

Antonio brushed up his resume and interviewing skills and talked with job recruiters. He also met with a municipal court judge to set up a plan to get his driver’s license back.

“United Way designed the Men’s Job Seminar for people exactly like Antonio,” said Shannon Reed, director of innovative strategies for boys and men of color at United Way. “It’s about how we help the men in our community become employment-ready and learn how to advocate for themselves to land that job.”

Of those that attended the Men’s Job Seminar, 100% reported that they had increased their job skills and felt more confident in themselves.

Antonio also used United Way program partner Wisconsin Community Services (WCS), which offers resources and training to increase employability.

At the end of the job seminar, Antonio had a big smile on his face. “Now I feel like I can do it,” said Antonio. “I can’t wait to get started.”

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