Graduate Profile: Pete Martinez

Pete Martinez photoedited (1)Pete Martinez first walked into The Doe Fund‘s Harlem Center for Opportunity last March, two days after his release from a 27-year prison sentence. For Pete, the The Doe Fund was an opportunity for him to exercise what he calls a “deep-seated ambition to be a better person.” He has since been unstoppable in achieving his goals.

Prior to becoming one of Ready Willing & Able’s “men in blue”, Pete had no work experience. During his time as a trainee he obtained his driver’s license, worked as a driver, and participated in The Doe Fund’s Pest@Rest training program. Pete studied hard, and was eventually awarded his New York State Pest Control Technician’s license. After graduating, Pete’s first position outside of The Doe Fund was as a cleaner at a pest control company. He was dissatisfied with both his role and the company culture, but stayed positive, continuing to search for the job he wanted.

He quickly found a position at a company that gave him the opportunity as a pest control technician, where he was able to utilize his training and previous experience. He is happy with his new job, gets along well with his boss, and regularly works overtime. As a graduate, Pete has remained very engaged with The Doe Fund. He continues to meet with his Neighborhood Trust financial adviser, and has raised his credit score from 0 to almost 700. It seems Pete’s “deep-seated ambition” is still driving him – Pete registered a business name as the first step in eventually starting his own pest control company. Pete thanks Career Advancement training for making him a confident communicator with proficient problem-solving abilities, two skills which he considers important contributors to his upward mobility.

“Stay focused,” Pete offers to trainees still in the program. “Stay away from drugs and drinking. Be patient, but at the same time be motivated to get what you really want.” Pete’s advice sounds like it provides a balance that can lead to success. It certainly has for Pete.

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Founded in 1985, The Doe Fund provides life-transforming services for the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, disenfranchised youth, and people living with AIDS. The organization's flagship Ready, Willing & Able program has helped tens of thousands of individuals achieve permanent self sufficiency through paid work, transitional housing, and employment training.