Opportunities for the Future: HSS Partners with Iraqi SIV

Lateef Taresh might appear to have a common goal: graduate from college, eventually enter the IT field, and provide a quality education for his children. However, there’s nothing common about the ambition and sheer gumption required to get Taresh where he is today.

As a former interpreter for the U. S. Army, Taresh arrived to the United States in 2014 from Iraq. He came under the Special Immigration Visa program set up by the U. S. Government to resettle Iraqi and Afghani interpreters.

 Taresh began working for HSS Security in April 2014, and attends the Community College Denver.

Taresh began working for HSS Security in April 2014, and attends the Community College Denver.

Taresh was resettled through the African Community Center, where his family had access to case management, health, and employment services. “There are really nice people at ACC, especially my case manager, who was always available to help. I also received help with my resume, applications and looking for a job.”

Taresh’s job search led him to start with HSS Security in April 2014. It’s clear that he enjoys his job and is grateful for continued training opportunities in customer service and interacting with patients at hospitals.  “This company [HSS] is really good. I want to stay with them. They continue training you, give you more classes, and explain how things work,” said Taresh.

After starting as a Flex Officer, Taresh was promoted to a permanent position through HSS at Denver Health to accommodate his class schedule at the Community College of Denver. Taresh is advancing his English skills and eventually hopes to pursue IT studies.

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