I just want to thank the staff at Grace-Mar for assisting me with finding work. Not being from NC, I was hesitant to trust agencies with finding me work, as I did not know the reputation of many companies.
However upon going to Grace-Mar and meeting with Elijah Gray, he assured me he would help. Well, he held true to his words and assisted me with finding employment with a reputable company in NC. Since then I have referred many people to Elijah and they have also found employment. If I had to do it all over again I WOULD. Thank you Leah for the emails, Kenny for the career path evaluation, Elijah for the referrals and the job. You guys ROCK!
- Pauline R. Malloy
Antonia Garriett was first referred to Grace-Mar’s job placement services in 2014. She was unemployed and had just lost a job that was paying her $7.85/hr. Grace-Mar was able to help obtain a position in a call center that paid her $10/hr. This position also offered Ms. Garriett full medical, dental and vision benefits for her and her family. After about two years in the call center position, Ms. Garriett contacted Grace-Mar again because she was ready for a new challenge that would offer her more money and added responsibility. Again, Grace-Mar was able to assist her with locating employment. Today, Ms. Garriett is working as a Medical Scheduler, earning $14.50/hr -- which is almost double what she was making when she first walked through the doors of Grace-Mar in 2014. In addi-tion, Ms. Garrett plans to enter Grace-Mar’s homeownership program in 2017 and pursue purchasing a home. Ms. Garriet gives full credit to Mrs. Grace Smith, co-founder of Grace-Mar Services Inc., and her case manager, Mrs. Ayanna Drake, for their support and encouragement throughout the years. Congratulation to Ms. Garrett!
As a member of the Jobs Plus Program, Grace Mar has given me many opportunities and has opened many doors for me. The Jobs Plus Program introduced me to Grace-Mar (Ms. Sophie). Grace-Mar gave me a chance to obtain full -time employment with HMS Host with Charlotte Douglas International Airport. I am very grateful to be working with a company like HMS Host. This company has really change my life. It has allowed me to receive an increase in my income and make more independent decisions. In addition, this has given me self-confidence. By having this job, I am able to invest in a 401K and have stocks in a company for the first time in my life. Therefore, without the Jobs Plus Program, with-out Grace-Mar and the people who have been working with me to make a difference in my life, I do not know where I would be. However, I truly want to thank the staff, Ms. Sophie, and my Case Coordinator, Ms. Linda, for all the hard work and time that they have given me.
- Ms. Faulkner
Case Management & Housing Counseling
I was accepted into the FSS program in 2010. Since being accepted into the program I was able to improve my credit scores, save money, learn different things, and most of all be put in a position to buy a house.
The workshops that we attended once a month were also very beneficial to my development, especially the workshops that I have attended this past year through Grace Mar’s homeownership program -- which have helped me to get approved for a mortgage loan and become a homeowner. Each one of my case workers was always there when I needed them. The five-year program seemed like a very long time, but in the end was worth every minute. I just want to thank CHA HOPE IV FSS for accepting me into their program and I want to thank the Montgomery Gardens Management and Grace-Mar Services Inc. for everything they’ve done.
- Latasha Beard