IHI Residents Share Their Stories
Nadia is a long time resident of IHI housing. For the past 5 years she has been a dedicated stay at home mom, but her 2 boys are getting older and Nadia and her husband are hoping to buy their own home. Out of the workforce for a long time, Nadia wasn't sure what her options were for employment. After Nadia described her personal interests, IHI's Resident Services Coordinator referred her to Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Shortly after learning about the program, Nadia enrolled in the Oregon Tradeswomen's Pathways to Success program, a pre-apprenticeship class designed to help women prepare for a high skill, high wage career in construction with a focus on finding apprenticeships. Through IHI's Emergency Fund, Resident Services paid to have Nadia's transcripts translated to English so she could enroll in this program and helped her purchase required work gear such as boots, pants, and gloves. Within 8 weeks Nadia had completed the program and is now applying for jobs and internships with ODOT and the City of Troutdale. This experience has given Nadia the basic skills, tools, experience and confidence to actively pursue a career she has always wanted.

"I am so glad you told me about this great program...thank you, thank you, thank you!"


After completing the Pathways to Success program, Nadia was offered the opportunity to take a Weatherization training and certification class at Neil Kelly. Upon completing this class, Pathways to Success worked hard to ensure job placement for Nadia. With her new skill set and a qualifying certification under her belt, Nadia applied for and was hired as a full time Weatherization Technician at Neil Kelly. Nadia now has steady income, full benefits and looks forward to a successful, stable career.

"I am so happy being a working woman again! I have Resident Services to thank for helping me find this path!"