A chance encounter with the Roofers Local 30 apprenticeship program in 2016 changed this single mother’s life for the better.
Jessica Perez, 28, is a testament to how much hard work and dedication pays off. Stranded with no financial support for herself and her then two-year-old daughter, Jessica struggled to land even low-paying jobs. In the process of applying for food stamps in 2016, she came across and got enrolled in an apprenticeship program which was organized by Roofers Local 30 in conjunction with Goodwill, Maryland chapter. She is now a licensed roofer earning industry leading wages and enjoying full benefits as a union member. She continues to make noteworthy strides in the male-dominated field and is grateful for unexpected opportunities like the apprenticeship program.
Read the full story here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-goodwill-100th-20191018-ujetcjqysvh5naoty2wxgsjmky-story.html
Watch Jessica’s testimony here: https://youtu.be/6AnEi2USekw?t=210