Linda Eugene came to the Greater Miami Service Corps six months after relocating from Haiti. She states, “My primary reason for joining was to benefit from the scholarships.” After completing her twelve month tenure, she continued in school full-time and worked on a part-time basis. In 1999, she earned her Associate in Arts; in 2002 she attained her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. She did not stop there…in 2004 she earned a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She now works full-time with the Tax Collectors Office and teaches English as a Second Language (ESOL) on a part-time basis.
When Emilio Hernandez attended GMSC, his goal was to earn his high school diploma and gain work experience. After earning his high school diploma and working for the County for a few years, he joined the United States Navy. During his tour in the Navy, Emilio visited over 15 countries in four years. He states “I remember GMSC with love and respect. You were the first people who believed in me and gave me an opportunity to succeed. I had a wonderful experience working as a full time employee for Miami Dade County (after completing my internship) and God knows how much I've enjoyed my experience in the Navy. GMSC changed my life. Since day one, I knew that the challenge wasn't going to be easy, but thanks to the encouragement and motivation of your staff, I've succeeded. I just wanted to let you know that there are always people who remember GMSC every day, even when we don't write very often it doesn't mean we forget about you. Thank you for changing my life. Today I have a rewarding and successful career in the United States Navy, thanks to God and the people of the GMSC who opened my eyes and showed me that I can go as far I want.”
Willie Scott, a young father of three, wanted to make a difference in his life and that of his children. A family friend referred him to the Greater Miami Service Corps. After joining the Corps, Willie quickly demonstrated his leadership ability through his designation as Team Captain. In his role as Team Captain, he was able to learn managerial and administrative skills. Upon program completion, Willie obtained full-time employment with South Miami Hospital, a Baptist Health South Florida affiliate. Willie states, “Greater Miami Service Corps gave me a chance to start over. This job is only the beginning…I intend to enroll in Miami-Dade College to pursue a career in the medical field.”