I work at EMERGE to make a difference.  To genuinely provide individuals who are even considering doing the right thing the supports to continue their journey.  It’s important to me that I practice this concept of forgiveness and love.  Of not being judgmental.  Of valuing each and every other human being regardless of mistakes they have made.  Of genuinely honoring someone’s presence.  Somebody gave me an opportunity, and I work really hard now to make sure I can give that same opportunity to somebody else.     
I work at EMERGE to make my community a better place.  This organization means the world to me.  I’ve seen so many people come through our doors who are sincerely looking for a chance, and are willing to try new things to make a better life for themselves and their families.  I work here because of them.  I work with the most passionate people I’ve ever met.  They inspire me every day.  We run effective programs that I’m truly proud of, and we are always challenging ourselves to get better outcomes.  I couldn’t ask for a better place to learn, grow, and make a real impact.    


I have been in the construction trade for over 40 years as a carpenter. Three years ago, I had the opportunity to start training young men and women for a career in the construction field. That opportunity tapped into a deep passion for helping the youth in our community. Working for EMERGE gives me the chance to continue this work. I see this as an opportunity to elevate our youth and prepare them for a better future.
CARMEN MORALES | Administrative Assistant
I want to see the men and women make a transformation, give themselves that second chance. Growing up I had an alcoholic father and I know how important it is to have a father figure in your life.  EMERGE provides the means to make the change that my father never made but I know that he was capable of making. That there is so much to learn from the crew’s stories. EMERGE is the first step for them, and the first step for me to make a difference.    
I joined EMERGE because I wanted to be part of a team that is dedicated to making a lasting difference in the lives of men and women in the city of New Haven. Through my work at the EMERGE YouthBuild program, I hope to serve as a positive role model to crew members, while equipping them with access to the knowledge needed to thrive and succeed in the future.  
I work at EMERGE because it is my passion to help people, and give them the opportunity at a second chance.  I have seen family members go through a lot of the struggles that these men and women deal with after incarceration, and I do this for those people.  If I can help just one person reach their goals, that’s huge for me.  The structure and discipline I received in my military experience is something I try to bring to the program, and add to the high-structure model that has worked for the crew members in the past.    
I have a passion for helping people.  I believe in second chances, and that these men and women deserve a shot at redeeming themselves.  When I lost my parents as a child I joined Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, and I was linked up to a mentor.  He made me realize that there’s more to this world than just my neighborhood.  I want to pay that forward to society because I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t get that opportunity.    


I work at EMERGE because I learn something every day.  It helps me grow and helps keep me motivated.  I like to work with the people that come here and help give them a second chance, an opportunity in life, and show them that there is better stuff out there.    

I work at EMERGE because the discipline benefits me.  When I came to EMERGE I felt I was falling off, going back to my old ways, and they gave me a chance when no one else would. Today I like showing the crew that this life isn’t as hard as they think it is.  Letting them know that hard work is better than easy work.  It feels better earning a check than working in the streets.    
I work at EMERGE because I was given an opportunity to seek employment and I just took full advantage of that opportunity.  I stay here because it’s family-oriented, structured, and I get to give people that come here the same training that was given to me.    
 I love to work at EMERGE because I love giving back to the community.  Plus, I realize I can help somebody else.  I believe in the program.  When I first got here, I realized that not every day was going to be easy.  What you put in is what you get out.  When you put hard work into your life, things start working in your favor.  That’s what I want others to see when they get here.    

I work at EMERGE because I love helping other people like myself.  I came here because when I was looking for work and no one wanted to take a chance on me, EMERGE was willing to take a chance on me.  I stayed because I realized that I was in a position to help the people coming in after me, and help give them the same shot that I got.