Cory Communications is proud to have the opportunity to assist in the community, and as you may know, one project that is near to our heart is our recent work with Hopeworks in Camden, a charitable organization dedicated to helping young people develop skills for a brighter future. Cory played a major part in upgrading online access and work stations for the youth participating in Hopeworks programs (You can read about our involvement here.)
Recently NJ.com shared a story about Kayondra Garrison, a high school student who dropped out to help with her ailing mother, and found herself homeless with an infant son at age 19. Through Hopeworks, she was able to develop skills to go to work as a benefits analyst, an $18 an hour position with benefits.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, companies like her new employer had many of their employees working offsite, which for Kayondra presented a hurdle. She lives in a Burlington City apartment with her son, and didn’t have internet access.
Thanks to Hopeworks, she is able to do her job from their headquarters, in their co-working space. The space was ideal for the young members of Hopeworks who didn’t have the finances or ability to turn their home into an office space.
According to Dan Rhoton, executive director of Hopeworks, the room features “16 dedicated desks and four phone-booth rooms and one conference room”. He points out in the piece that the room was once the unemployment office area.
Kayondra Garrison is one of many success stories of Hopeworks, and Cory Communications is proud to partner with them in their managed IT and help provide solutions for people whose struggles have been unimaginable. We hope you get the chance to read her story and learn more about Hopeworks.