Your Share the Spirit Impact: Inspiring Success and New Beginnings: Swords to Plowshares Veteran Update

Hey there, amazing readers! We have some fantastic news to share with you today about the impact of Share the Spirit gifts for Swords to Plowshares. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, remarkable individuals like Jessie Kohgadai are thriving and making a difference in their communities. Jessie’s journey from a former Swords’ client to a Construction Inspector at PG&E is a testament to the transformative power of vocational training and the support provided by Swords to Plowshares. Let’s dive into the inspiring details of Jessie’s success!

Thriving in a New Role:

With the assistance of Swords to Plowshares, Jessie enrolled in a PG&E vocational training program to become a Pipeline Inspector. Her dedication and hard work paid off, and she recently transferred teams to become a Construction Inspector. In her new position, Jessie is spearheading an important project in Mariposa, CA, where PG&E is moving its electric power lines underground to reduce the risk of forest fires. Over the course of 12 months, an incredible 10,000 miles of primary electric lines will be relocated. Although this project represents a shift from gas operations, Jessie’s experience in underground excavation, coupled with on-the-job training and mentorship, has equipped her for success in her new role. Jessie emphasizes that she loves her job and finds it incredibly rewarding to foster relationships between PG&E and community members in Mariposa.

New Home and Exciting Discoveries:

Jessie’s success extends beyond her professional accomplishments. Previously living with family, she and her husband were able to purchase a home in San Pablo, marking a new chapter in their lives. As a first-time homeowner, she acknowledges that homeownership is a “completely new beast” for her. She has been learning about mortgages and permitting along the way, gaining valuable knowledge and experience in the process.

A Heartfelt Thank You:

Before we wrap up, we want to express our gratitude to the incredible donors who have made this and other Share the Spirit gifts possible. Your generosity and support have directly impacted the lives of individuals like Jessie, empowering them to achieve their goals and build brighter futures. Through your kindness, you have enabled Swords to Plowshares to provide vocational training and essential support services to veterans in need. We are tremendously grateful for your belief in the potential of individuals transitioning into civilian life. Your contributions have created meaningful change and opportunities for success.

 Thank you for being champions of change and for believing in the potential of our veterans. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories of triumph and new beginnings!