MeHoo Di was born in the Karen state in what is now Burma. When the war broke out in the 1990s MeHoo’s family was separated and he made it to Thailand, where he lived with another family in a refugee camp for many years. He eventually came to Denver in 2008, when he was 14 years old. MeHoo says he struggled in the U.S. at first because he didn’t speak English, but he eventually graduated from Littleton High School in 2012.
After graduating from high school, MeHoo took a year off before starting at Arapahoe Community College. While in school, he had two jobs at a restaurant and a warehouse. “I knew I didn’t want to do this the rest of my life and I tried my best to get a better job but I didn’t have any luck,” says MeHoo. “I needed something to change.”
In the summer of 2016 he was transitioning from community college to Metro State University. He was still struggling to find a job when he saw a flyer on a bulletin board for a career training program at Mi Casa. “I wasn’t really sure what the program was all about, but I called the Recruitment Coordinator and she explained everything to me and helped me through the whole application process.”
“I am so happy I got into the Financial Services Training at Mi Casa because it ended up being one of the best experiences for me,” says MeHoo. During the 6-week course, he learned a lot about customer service and understanding a professional work environment. Participants also took several trips to see first-hand what it’s like to work at a financial institution. “There is a whole team of Mi Casa staff who helped me every step of the way. Thanks to them, I was really prepared for the interviews that Mi Casa set up for us at the end of the training.”
MeHoo interviewed with 3 employers and was offered a job as a bank teller at Public Service Credit Union. “The team I work with is very helpful and my manager has been flexible with my schedule, allowing me to go to school at the same time.” With the help of PSCU’s tuition reimbursement program, MeHoo has been able to continue to work towards his goal of finishing college and is only two semesters away from getting a degree in Computer Networking Security. MeHoo has been working at PSCU for a little over a year and recently received a promotion to IT Technician. “This new position is very exciting and much more related to what I am studying in school and what I want to do with my career.”
“Mi Casa gave me the opportunity to get a job. But it wasn’t just any job. It turns out that this is what I always wanted to do and I’m on my path to my dream job. I am so happy and thankful to be a part of the Mi Casa family and I know that Mi Casa will always have my back.”