New Jobs Transform Lives – and Neighborhoods

Partnership Connects Hartford Residents to Jobs in the Neighborhood

When Jose Melendez (right) and Elsie Ingles (left) moved to Hartford from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, they were looking for jobs. A neighbor told them to go to the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), where they met with Career Navigator Elsa Huertas.

Thanks to Hartford Hospital’s partnership with SINA on a program called “Walk to Work,” Elsa was eager to help Jose and Elsia find jobs in the healthcare field, and close to home.

Elsa helped them navigate the Hartford Hospital career website, references, revise their resumes and conduct mock interviews. In the spring of 2018, Jose started his new job in Food and Nutrition Services and Elsie began two new roles as a patient care assistant and a patient administrative assistant.

Jose Melendez and Elsie Ingles pose with Elsa Huertas, SINA’s career navigator