What Rihanna, Cardi B, and NMIC Have in Common

(besides being fabulous)

Hi There,

The New Year is a great time to take stock of our lives, dream of all the possibilities a new year can bring, and make resolutions. Today is the International Day of Education, and we're sharing today's education-related success story with the hopes that it will inspire you to donate towards our $1,000 goal. Funds go to helping support the services that help our clients' dreams, resolutions, and action plans come to fruition. Clients like Joseph Morales. If you'd rather skip the story and just donate, you can do so here,  but—spoiler alert—Rihanna, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, and Cardi B make an appearance, so you should probably keep reading!

Joseph was always interested in the performing arts, so he went to school to study them. When he realized he didn't like his program, he started looking into other options. In 2017, he saw one of our flyers around his building, where he learned of YAIP (our Young Adult Internship Program, renamed Intern & Earn). His internship with us began with our very own Maria Guzman! His contributions were incredibly helpful both to him and to us as he improved his communication and professional skills while helping better organize our recordkeeping and outreach efforts for emails like these!

When he finished that up, ever the over-achiever, Joseph enrolled in our security program. In May 2019, he finished that program and immediate began work with Heightened Security. From there, he's posted as a fireguard at Cipriani on Wall Street, and he also does security for special events. He's worked with Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Cardi B, Pharrell Williams, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, and even the United States Secret Service doing security for the president.

Joseph's trajectory has been interstellar, but he doesn't seem to be slowing down. He is currently working on an advanced fireguard certificate, complementing the one he earned in our program. With it, he will be able to use fire control systems in buildings, which will put him in line for a promotion.

While Joseph is still interested in performing arts, he looks forward to advancing his career and seeing where his talents take him.

Now, if you'll indulge us for a moment, this is where we'll toot our own horn. We genuinely believe that NMIC is a community staple. It's evident in the number of folks who have been working for us for  decades. It's also apparent in the quantity of organizations we partner with, who trust us with their  communities. And it's clearest to us in the way our vast network of services supports our clients on their paths toward making their dreams come true. As they move through our diverse programing, they gain new skills, address urgent crises, and get the assistance they need.

We're helping our clients reach their full potential on their way to self-sufficient and prosperous futures. But we need you to be able to accomplish it. We have a goal of raising $1,000 this month. We'd be grateful if you could donate today.

Yours in Solidarity,
NMIC