Welcome to the Prison Post! Episode 33 is here today with CROP Organization's Dynamic and Passionate Ready for Life Associate, Claudine Sipili. She is the fourth CROP Associate to join us to share her transformational story and journey in reentry. Claudine is one of the most impressive people we have met and we are excited to have her as part of our Signature Ready for Life Program. You must hear her story!
Claudine Sipili is a Program Director at CityTeam Ministries where she oversees the San Jose and Oakland CityTeam Work locations. She develops and implements programs to help optimize employability and provide opportunities for clients to earn a livable wage and find stable housing. In addition to her management role, Claudine works directly with clients individually to empower them, foster their career interests, and launch them into career paths that were once out of reach. She also serves on the Santa Clara County Continuum of Care (CoC) Governance Board, the Destination: Home Board of Directors, and the Santa Clara County Lived Experience Advisory Board. Claudine was born and raised in American Samoa. Before her nonprofit career, she served in the United States Navy and the Army National Guard. Having experienced addiction, incarceration, and homelessness first-hand, she has passion for being an active part of the solution for ending homelessness in the Silicon Valley. Claudine likes to say, “I am an ordinary human serving an extraordinary God and it is from this perspective that I carry out my daily duties at City Team.
Claudine enjoys road trips to explore quaint towns where she finds the coolest, most unique, independently owned coffee shops and coffee roasters. Her number one hobby is learning about and drinking coffee. For Claudine, it is Jesus first, coffee second, and everything else falls somewhere below that.
Creating Restorative Opportunities and Programs' (CROP) Ready for Life Program provides: Three months of Leadership Development provided by CROP, Financial Literacy provided by Beneficial State Bank, and IC3 Digital Literacy training provided by LinkedIn Learning. CROP also provides three months of career training in Business to Business Sales in Tech. We have partnered with Code Tenderloin and Checkr, Inc. to provide this training and employment opportunities upon graduation. CROP Organization provides a $1,000 monthly stipend to our Associates as they go through our six month program. We want to thank Oracle and Dell for their strong support now and in the future.
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