At the age of seven, Wili and his siblings lost their parents. At this time, Wili went to live with his grandparents. Not long after, Wili was placed into foster care and was separated from his sisters. When he was 18 years old, Wili was reunited with his sister, Naimah. After participating in illegal activities and making bad choices in life, Wili was sentenced to six years in prison and served three years. Wili transitioned into Tully House halfway house and resided there under the jurisdiction of State Parole.
When Wili was released from the halfway house, he was able to meet with his sister, Naimah, at Greater Newark Conservancy. Naimah was extremely instrumental in guiding and assisting her brother to obtain employment at Greater Newark Conservancy’s Clean and Green and Tree programs.
In December 2016, Wili enrolled in the New Jersey Reentry Corporation’s (NJRC) program at Greater Newark Conservancy. During his orientation week, he created a professional email address and resume. Wili’s case manager, Sam, was able to refer him to Newark Community Health Center (NCHC) for relevant medical services. During the onsite health screening, NCHC staff discovered that he had a severe medical condition and scheduled an immediate appointment. To date, Wili follows up with all of his medical appointments and maintains good health, which is important in obtaining and retaining employment.
After Wili completed orientation, the NJRC employment specialists assisted Wili with employment at Greater Newark Conservancy for two short term positions, where he was able to enhance his work skills in construction and landscaping. Presently, Wili has obtained employment as a Selector at a food service company in Elizabeth and is very thrilled about his progress!
Story by: Cindy, Employment Specialist, NJRC at Greater Newark Conservancy