Fadi’s Journey to the American Dream
About a year and a half ago, Fadi El Bachouti and his wife arrived to the United States. Fadi had left his many business ventures and real estate investments in his home country of Angola in order to seek out better living conditions and security for his family, as well as a more stable government. His desire was to gain a fresh start here in the United States. He and his family took up residence in Malden.
Soon after he arrived, he became acquainted with the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). His full engagement worker referred him to Triangle, Inc., where he began working with Sean Greene, an Employment Specialist. In early 2019, after learning about Fadi’s needs and desires, Sean referred him to Triangle’s Health Careers Collaborative (HCC), our Certified Nursing Assistant training program. From day one, Fadi exhibited a strong desire and dedication to attaining self-sufficiency.
When he began the program, he was unemployed and new to the North American system, so he didn’t have much knowledge about how the job placement process was conducted in his new country. With perseverance, commitment, and steadfast focus, Fadi successfully completed the 3-month training program. Soon thereafter, he took the state mandated CNA test, where he passed the written portion of the test, but had to retake the skills portion. While this was yet another obstacle, Fadi kept a positive attitude, and devoted his energy to studying for his second opportunity. During this time, he continuously told himself, as well as the Triangle staff members he worked with, that he would, in fact, pass on his second try, and he did.
On April 23, 2019, Fadi was offered full-time employment at a local nursing home in Stoneham. A few weeks later, on May 17, 2019, Fadi was awarded his CNA credentials and his nurse’s aide registration number. Fadi continues to work at the nursing home in Stoneham, and has also taken a part-time position at another heath care organization as a Home Health Aide. He consistently displays reliability, punctuality, and proper work etiquette, and was recently offered additional hours of work.