DENVER (CBS4) – The Women’s Bean Project helps women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment by teaching job readiness and life skills.
Rachel Casciato was all smiles in her graduation gown as she walked down the stairs of the Women’s Bean Project.
“Metro Paint Supplies is my new job. I start on Monday,” Casciato said.
“I think she followed her heart through the door through the Bean Project in June. And she’s going to follow her heart out the door to her new job and her new life,” Lisa Taggart with the Women’s Bean Project said.
The mother of two wasn’t always showered with flowers and attention. Her personal history includes an abusive relationship and drug addiction. Then last summer a friend told her about an orientation meeting at the Bean.
“A lot of women are on the same level as me. We’ve all had some similar struggles and we all desire to change,” Casciato said.
When women start at the Women’s Bean Project they start on a production line of some kind.
“One day I’m going to get my daughter into gymnastics, and I set that as a goal. And by the end of 2 weeks I had her in gymnastics,” Casciato said.
Casciato says there is no small job at the Bean, but it was her communication skills that helped her land a job in customer service.
“My daughter still lives with me. I just want to be a good example for my daughter and take care of her,” she said.
In addition to celebrating her graduation from the Women’s Bean Project, Casciato is also 21 months sober. She starts her new job on Monday.
LINK: Women’s Bean Project