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After graduating from high school, Patricia Bohnwagner was working in a fast food restaurant in Massachusetts when she decided to move to San Diego and live with her sister. She joined Urban Corps of San Diego when the worry of becoming homeless was all too near. After being accepted and working her way through the Corps Environmental Projects Department and Urban Forestry Department, Patricia was moved to the Graffiti Department and was quickly promoted to crew leader where she increased production by 20 percent. She asked for, and was granted, an extension to her one year term and was transferred to the Recycling Department where she led the Corpsmember Marketing Crew. In January she was promoted to a staff position where she continues to lead the Marketing Crew in her role as supervisor. Patricia also continues taking classes to become certified as an EMT.
— “If it wasn’t for the Urban Corps I would NEVER have gone back to school. They helped me understand the importance of education, they gave me job training and they gave me the chance to become a leader. I don’t like to think where my life would be if I hadn’t joined the Corps.”
(written in 2005)