SUCCESS STORIES
Jacob Kohl

Jacob Kohl has always worked hard and had an optimistic attitude because he knows that his reward will come from God. Originally from South Sudan, he came to the United States from an Ethiopian refugee camp with his sister when he was 11 years old, in 1998. He has been dedicated to helping his home country from mowing yards and sending half of the proceeds back home to establishing a company that purifies water in Africa. The war in his country in 2006 has prevented Jacob from continuing his work in Sudan, but he continues to stay involved with helping others. 
Jacob came to WHAM as a client in October 2014. He received rental assistance, and his family was adopted at Christmas through WHAM’s Adopt A Family program. Jacob worked closely with the Employment Services Supervisor and mentor, and soon, Jacob was able to find a job. While he no longer needed assistance from WHAM, Jacob continued to stay in contact with WHAM staff members. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Theology, and has currently applied to the non-profit management program at University of Houston.

In February 2017, Jacob saw a posting online for a Pantry Assistant position at WHAM, and he interviewed for the job. While waiting for an answer, he volunteered in the WHAM pantry during the day after working a 6:00 pm to 6:00 am shift at his place of employment. After two weeks, Jacob was hired for the position and welcomed into the WHAM family, where he says he sees smiling faces and genuine caring each day. Jacob’s duties include seeing clients, driving the WHAM truck, stocking shelves, overseeing volunteers and students, weighing donations, and keeping records. Jacob enjoys working with Verita, Pantry Manager, and strives to match her energy, enthusiasm, and level of caring. If you have seen Jacob at work, you know he is succeeding.
Barbara Carrillo

Barbara Carillo is originally from Venezuela and has been residing in Houston for one year and two months. She moved to Houston seeking better opportunities to study, live and grow personally.​ Barbara hopes to obtain a degree in chemical engineering from either the University of Houston or the University of Texas. She is currently taking her prerequisites at Houston Community College--Alief/Hayes campus. She currently works full-time at Phoenicia Market as a chef assistant in order to pay her tuition at HCC.  With her busy schedule, Barbara also finds the time to volunteer for WHAM teaching English as a Second Language twice a week at Christ the Servant.
​​She initially found about WHAM through her uncle and has used the Employment Services department as well as the food pantry.  Employment Services has provided career planning tools and resources that have assisted her with reaching her educational goals. The staff of Employment Services at WHAM have been very supportive of Barbara and have helped her increase her self-confidence. Barbara is very ambitious and is able to overcome any situation she encounters. Her future goal is to become a chemical engineer in either the medical or cosmetic field.