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Spotlight on Tree Alexander: Job Training Program Participant

Spotlight on Tree Alexander: Job Training Program Participant

Housing Works Job Training Program participant Tree Alexander is currently working as a Direct Observation of Therapy (DOT) specialist in Housing Works’ Access to Care Department, where he provides one-on-one medical case management for clients. He is the first Job Training Program (JTP) member to participate in this career track at Housing Works.

Tree was diagnosed with HIV in 2006 and became a Housing Works client last year. A Chicago native, Tree had no ties or family connections to help him rebound after unemployment and domestic violence led him to become homeless. His Housing Works case manager, Annie Cooper, helped him to apply for the Job Training Program (JTP). After initial skepticism, Tree has found JTP to be a rewarding experience.

JTP is an intense program. At first, I thought, ‘I’m going to introduce my creativity, and I’m going to make the program better than it is.’ But I couldn’t do this until I worked under the program’s standards. Now that I’ve gotten used to it, I really have gotten a lot out of the program,” he said.

Read more about Tree, and see his interview with LOGO about coming out as HIV-positive.

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Posted on March 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm