CHD August 2023 Events

Take a look at what’s going on at CHD in August!

From Farm Laborer to Truck Driving Success Story

At California Human Development (CHD), we are thrilled to share the remarkable journey of Maria Pinon Reyes, an individual who defied the odds and transformed her life through our partnership with the Anthony Soto Educational Training (ASET) Center. Maria’s story serves as a powerful testament to the resilience, determination, and support that can enable individuals to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams.

Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Maria made her way to California a decade ago, seeking a brighter future. She found herself working in farm labor alongside her relatives, toiling in the fields day after day. From harvesting tomatoes and sorting walnuts to picking peaches and even processing fish and seafood, Maria poured her sweat and effort into her work. Yet, with each passing year, she felt trapped in a cycle of financial instability and stagnant opportunities, yearning for something more fulfilling.

A turning point came during a family gathering where Maria’s cousins, who had recently completed a truck driving training program, celebrated their success. Inspired by their achievements, they encouraged Maria to explore similar paths. Taking their advice to heart, Maria reached out to the Yuba-Sutter Farmworker Services (FWS) office, a program offered by CHD, in search of new possibilities.

Within the FWS program, Maria connected with a compassionate and dedicated case manager who introduced her to the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP). Seeing the potential for personal and professional growth, Maria made the life-altering decision to pursue a trade that would lead her to a brighter future.

Through CHD’s partnership with the ASET Center, Maria enrolled in an educational training program to obtain her Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and multiple endorsements, enabling her to operate various types of commercial trucks. The WIOA 167 program, in collaboration with ASET Center, ensured that Maria’s tuition, fees, and supplies were covered, removing financial barriers from her path. Equally important, the ASET Center’s instructors, known for their expertise and genuine dedication, provided Maria with high-quality training and unwavering support.

For six intense weeks, Maria poured her heart and soul into the program, determined to achieve her goal. With perseverance and an unyielding spirit, she successfully completed the rigorous training, emerging as a certified truck driver ready to embrace new horizons.

Maria’s journey did not end there. She wasted no time and secured a job driving trucks with Morning Star, seamlessly transitioning from farm labor to the transportation industry. But Maria’s aspirations reach beyond her current role. She dreams of establishing her own truck driving company, one that empowers and prioritizes the employment of women in the industry.

Arturo Villa, Maria’s instructor at the ASET Center, attests to her unwavering commitment and potential, stating, “Maria is a joy. She is focused and dedicated to the truck driving training class. She has a very promising future.”

Maria Pinon Reyes’s story encapsulates the transformative impact of the programs offered by California Human Development. Through our collaboration with the ASET Center, Maria gained not only the technical skills but also the unwavering support and resources needed to embark on a new and rewarding career path. Her journey serves as an inspiration to all who strive for personal and professional growth, reminding us that with determination and the right opportunities, success knows no boundaries.

At CHD, we are committed to empowering individuals like Maria to overcome barriers, pursue their dreams, and create lasting change in their lives and communities. Together, let us continue to uplift and support one another, enabling more success stories like Maria’s to unfold.

If you would like to learn more about the programs and services offered by California Human Development, please visit our website. Join us in our mission to empower individuals, transform lives, and build thriving communities.

Journey to Safety: Reuniting Families and Building Hope

Introducing Khatira Hashimi and her three children, Husna, Tooba, and Sana Hashimi. With the unwavering support of our organization, their journey towards asylum has been a testament to the resilience and determination of immigrant families.

In April 2022, we submitted their asylum application, followed by a crucial asylum interview in September of the same year. Finally, on 09/09/2022, their asylum approval was granted, marking a significant turning point in their lives.

This remarkable family’s path to safety began when they were evacuated from Afghanistan on 08/31/2021 through Project OAR. The dire circumstances arose due to Khatira’s husband, Mir Waliullah Hashimi, who had worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers and the construction company NKCC, contributing to road construction projects in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, Mir’s affiliation with the United States made him a target of constant threats from the Taliban. Regarded as a spy, he faced the continuous risk of death, compelling him to seek refuge in Germany in 2016.

Separated from her husband, Khatira navigated the challenges of raising their daughters, Husna and Tooba, with a third child, Sana, on the way. However, their story took a positive turn when Khatira and her daughters received asylum approval. Our organization stepped in to assist with an I-730 petition, submitted on 11/30/2022, to reunite the family in the United States. The I-730 was subsequently approved on March 18, 2023, bringing them one step closer to the long-awaited reunion.

Mir’s appointment with the American Embassy in Germany took place in April 2023, signaling his imminent journey to the United States. The anticipation and mixed emotions of the family are palpable as they eagerly await their long-overdue reunion. We will continue to provide updates on this heartwarming family reunification.

Moreover, recognizing the importance of stability and integration, we also submitted an Adjustment of Status application for each family member on March 17, 2023. As they eagerly anticipate becoming permanent residents, their dreams of a secure future in their new home are within reach.

The Hashimi family’s story exemplifies the profound impact of our organization’s commitment to supporting and empowering immigrant communities. We remain steadfast in our mission to provide vital resources, guidance, and assistance to individuals and families seeking refuge and a brighter future in the United States.

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Adrian’s Journey: From Farm Sorting to Probation Officer

Adrian, a determined 24-year-old, found himself at the Galt Center after a referral from his co-worker at a packing shed. He had recently completed his studies in the Criminal Justice Field at Delta College but lacked industry experience. Seeking guidance and opportunities, Adrian arrived at the Center eager to explore the available programs.

His eligibility for the WIO 167 program and SETA Adult program was established due to his prior work experience at Kay Dix Farm, sorting pears. With approval for these programs, Adrian’s dedicated Case Manager began the process of finding a suitable work site that aligned with Adrian’s needs. Through persistent efforts, the Case Manager reached out to the Galt Police Department.

The road to Adrian’s placement at the Galt PD was not without its challenges. Numerous meetings and a lengthy process ensued, but both Adrian and his Case Manager remained steadfast in their pursuit. Eventually, after thorough discussions and meetings, Adrian secured a position in the live scan department of the Galt PD. The department staff recognized Adrian’s potential and consistently provided positive feedback on his progress.

Adrian’s dedication paid off when he completed 480 hours of paid work experience (WEX) training. In recognition of his achievements, he was honored with a plaque and a celebratory luncheon. Throughout the program, Adrian received additional assistance in the form of one-time rental support and clothing attire required for his training.

With his training successfully completed, Adrian’s journey led him to the County of Sacramento Juvenile Probation Department. Starting his career as a Probation Officer/Correctional Treatment Specialist, he was delighted to finally be in the field he had always dreamed of. His starting rate of $38.75 per hour reflected the value placed on his skills and dedication.

Adrian is immensely grateful for the support and opportunities provided by California Human Development. Through hard work and unwavering commitment, he has realized his true calling. Adrian’s story serves as an inspiration to others, showcasing the transformative power of perseverance and the growth potential when given the right tools and support.