Homeless to Hopeful: Claudio’s Story

Claudio was once sleeping wherever he could find, and had hopes to get back on his feet, but nothing was certain. He thought to himself, “What have I done with my life?”

But then he found the Millionair Club Charity (MCC).

Photo of Claudio at MCC

“At MCC, my life started to become different,” Claudio said. He was able to attend skills workshops, obtain his Food Worker Card, and started working food industry jobs available through MCC’s temporary staffing agency.

Claudio has now earned a reputation as a reliable and motivated worker.

“Claudio is frequently requested to work because of his excellent work ethic and great personality,” said Ramy Marrero, MCC employment specialist. He has now worked stadium jobs, catering for one of the region’s largest employers, and is currently enrolled in a culinary training program.

However, Claudio would not be able to participate in that training program without housing, and MCC was able to offer him a spot in MCC’s Kasota Apartments. Claudio has gone from homeless to hopeful for a better future.

“It’s exciting to see him doing well, all he needed was support from us and he’s been able to thrive,” Ramy said.

Your support of Millionair Club Charity enables motivated workers like Claudio to break down barriers on their path to reaching their employment goals. Our annual campaign kicks off this month, and if you’d like to make a contribution, here are how your dollars help:

  • $50: Enables five workers to get their Food Worker Cards so they can work food service jobs
  • $100: Provides shower and hygiene kits for 67 workers to help them get job ready
  • $250: Prepares hot, nutritious meals for 83 workers to fuel their days at work
  • $500: Buys 10 required uniforms for people working stadium events
  • $1,000: Covers two months of rent for a worker living in Kasota Apartments

You can also help rebuild lives through jobs while honoring our employee, employer and community partner of the year at the 2017 Chef Showcase & Employment Excellence Awards. 

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