35 Years of Impact: English classes and job training at HUF changed Tania’s and her children’s lives… for good!

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Times were tough for Tania Chinchilla when she first arrived in the U.S. in 2015. She and her two children had made the journey from Panama with only a limited grasp of the English language and no one to turn to in their new country.

Tania had to find a way to support her family; she needed help finding a career and a path forward.

Luckily, Tania heard about HUF, and joined the Bridge Program in August 2016. She immediately enrolled in Customer Service and Sales training, was awarded a scholarship to pay for the exam fee. She passed. Determined to build a better life, Tania also enrolled in the Bridge Program’s Bank Teller training in October 2016 – all while simultaneously taking English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes.

While she successfully gained employment as a merchandise supervisor at Macy’s for the holiday season, Tania’s long-term goal was to work in a bank, just as she had in her native country of Panama.

Her hard work and HUF’s help paid off. On February 20, 2017, Tania informed HUF that she had secured employment at TD Bank as a bank teller. In her words: “I’m still in shock with the great news! I’m grateful to Hispanic Unity’s team for their dedication, passion and guidance. I will continue to do my best.”

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