Mohammad immigrated from Iran to the USA back in 1975 when he was 15 years old. He lived in Seattle Washington where he graduated high school and later attended Seattle University. With his degree in mechanical engineering he worked for Boeing Aircraft Manufacturing Company. His job relocated down to Los Angeles so Mohammad made the move south and settled into life with a place in the valley.
During the 1990's he got involved with drugs which resulted in prison time and homelessness. Today Mohammad is sober and has a bed at a local shelter. He is currently waiting for his section 8 housing which he is hopes is just around the corner.
He's really enjoyed his time so far with Would Works and is currently working towards his goals of getting new eye glasses and repairing the broken screen on his cell phone. "I appreciate the opportunity to work," Mohammad says, "I appreciate that and Connor, the founder.' He explained that while people on the street and in shelters are fed and given a bed, there's still a lot that they need to pay for: clothing, hygiene products, laundry etc. and for covering those common necessities this job is extremely helpful.
Mohammad mentions the word opportunity a lot. When he leaves at the end of his work session he makes it a point to shake my hand and say 'Thanks for the opportunity.' Well, we appreciate the opportunity to work along side of you, Sir!
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Diane's Would Works goal was to help pay off installments for her pick-up truck, which she needed in order to find employment, but Would Works also helped provide her with much needed perspective on another life goal--to somehow make a living as a wood worker. Since finishing the program, Diane found housing, started a carpentry program at LA trade tech and is now leading workshops as our first Artisan Leader.