This story is from a current enrollee in NAPCA programs in Houston, TX.
Facility operation and maintenance staff, Chinese Community Center, Houston
BingTsun Yeung and his wife decided to immigrate to the United States in 2017 with the excitement to settle in Houston, where they had immediate families. However, after the excitement of the relocation subsided, BingTsun found himself feeling stress about finding jobs and housing. Job opportunities were not as readily available, and the lack of rental history made it more difficult to find a permanent home. What stressed him out the most was that he did not intend at all to bring his wife from China to experience hardship in the United States. After consulting with his family members, he discovered that their friend had a spare room to offer at a meager price, and thus he and his wife moved into their home, with the agreement to move out after a year. In return, BingTsun and his wife got into helping with the family friend’s restaurant. This arrangement lasted for a short time since the restaurant went out of business in early 2018, forcing him to look for new opportunities. BingTsun almost lapse into depression, but his wife was optimistic and always instilled. She would always say, “If we have less, we’ll eat less. If we have little, we’ll spend little.”
BingTsun and his wife attended a community benefit event one day, where he hoped they might be able to learn more about services and programs that are available for seniors. During the event, he spoke to a SCSEP(Senior Community Service Employment Program) program staff who invited him to an informational workshop. After determinating his eligibility and conducting an assessment, the project staff assigned him to a custodian position at the Chinese Community Center, where he had the opportunity to practice English and improve communication skills. At the Center, BingTsun excelled at his assignments and was hired as the full-time facility operation and maintenance staff two months later.
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