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A Bright Future

Valencia serves coffee to Brown Bag Lunch guests. 

When you see Valencia’s bright orange jacket and gold shoes, you might not be surprised to learn she wants to work in real estate and fashion.

Valencia was one of 15 women who attended Trinity’s job skills workshops in July and August, part of an ongoing partnership with Hour Children. She is a participant in Hour Children’s Working Women Reentry program, which provides job training and employment placement for formerly incarcerated women.

She’s been in the program for just a few months, but says it’s going great. “Everyone treats you like family,” she said.

She has also enjoyed her time at Trinity.

“I love the workshops,” she said. “This whole Trinity experience was just wonderful.”

Valencia participates in a flower arrangement workshop. 

She found the encouragement to go after what you really want to do, and to stick to it, especially helpful. Other workshops included how to dress for success, time management, table etiquette, and navigating difficult conversations.

The participants also helped hand out free Brown Bag Lunches one Friday, an especially meaningful moment for Valencia.

“It takes you back to being thankful for everything you have and where you’re at in life,” she said, “because there’s always somebody that is struggling more than you.”

You can learn more about Trinity’s Mission and Service Program here.