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March 2019 Newsletter

Staying in the Field New degree allows Mary to pursue her career in agriculture   Working toward her goal to attend college, Mary Sackreiter worked on a beef farm near Riceville, Iowa. Her duties were primarily working with the calving operation, earning $10 an hour. Her experience confirmed her interest in pursuing a career in […]

February 2019 Newsletter

After being enrolled in school for some time, Hunter knew that something had to change. He was taking courses at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, pursuing a degree in electrical technology.

January 2019 Newsletter

fww? Indiana Teams Up with MESA Efforts support farmworkers   Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault, known as MESA, is a statewide program committed to preventing sexual violence in multicultural communities and other underserved and underrepresented populations in Indiana. MESA has been providing sexual violence prevention education to migrant and seasonal farmworkers since 2003. MESA […]

December 2018 Newsletter

There are many milestones in our lives. First steps, first birthdays and the first day of school. Some events we don’t remember very well because we were too young. However, there are some, “firsts,” we do remember because we felt the emotion of it in our hearts. Like the time you held your baby sister in your arms, saw your first rainbow, or admired a beautiful sunset.

November 2018 Newsletter

Having finished her second season picking grapes at a local winery, Deb Draper was ready for a change. Having spent her entire life in or around agriculture, she had come to the conclusion that as much as she loved the work, a better paying opportunity was out there. With the amount of time spent in farmwork, Deb faced a challenge in how to proceed in finding a new career. While attending a career fair in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Deb came across a Proteus booth. Here she learned about assistance options offered through the National Farmworker Jobs Program.

October 2018 Newsletter

From a very young age, Jacob Cole knew what he wanted to do with his life. Growing up he was interested in cars and motorcycles and he wanted to become a motorcycle technician. During high school, Jacob learned some basic mechanical skills, but he knew the only way to pursue a successful career would be to attend community college.

Film Event – After I Pick the Fruit

Annual Farmworker Appreciation Film Event Join us October 25 for a free showing of “After I Pick the Fruit.” Social hour – 6:00 p.m. | Film – 7:00 p.m. The Fleur Cinema and Cafe – 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa After I Pick the Fruit follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women over […]

September 2018 Newsletter

Elvia was introduced to the WNIT internship program by Proteus case manager Jesusa Rivera. When they met, Elvia expressed an interest in mechanical engineering and said she likes to fix things and learn how they work. With that knowledge, Jesusa reached out to the senior producer at WNIT, Michiana Access TV, to discuss the possibility of Elvia entering the production internship program and she was accepted.

August 2018 Newsletter

Maps, the paper kind that can be spread out, are so great! They’re fun to look at, study, imagine a wonderful adventure, and plot the starting point to your final destination. You can even add a detour that will bring a new adventure that will have an impact and even change the course.

July 2018 Newsletter

Proteus was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund that will be used to educate Iowa farmworkers about healthier dietary options. With these funds, Proteus staff will to provide information on selecting proper food options at the grocery store, while giving instructions on how fresh and wholesome food choices are not only better, but also an easy option when shopping.