Raquel Del Pilar Vasquez

When Raquel Del Pilar Vasquez immigrated to New York from the Dominican Republic, she hoped to continue her career as an office assistant. She looked and looked for jobs, but the experience and skills from back home did not translate into a job here. Raquel worked for years as a hotel housekeeper, but the physical labor took its toll and she had to give it up. She needed a new job to provide for her three children.

Then Raquel found Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. OBT staff reviewed Raquel’s experience and discussed her career goals. On their advice, Raquel enrolled in certification courses in customer service and Microsoft Office.

“I used to do this work in my country,” says Raquel, “but the courses updated my knowledge because so much has changed. OBT helped me a lot.”

OBT’s assistance did not stop at training. They helped Raquel improve her resume and practiced job interviews with her. “When I went for the interview, I wasn’t nervous. I was prepared,” says Raquel. Once she was ready, OBT sent Raquel to interview at a home healthcare agency called People Care. She got the job and two years later, has now been promoted to supervisor. It is a job that is providing for her family and she is proud of her work.

“It’s more than a company. Patients are like our family.”

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