Leaving his home and family in Iraq was a difficult step for Imad, as he took political asylum in Jordan for 10 years before resettling in America. “The president was a big problem, he made our lives very difficult. There was no safety, and life was always dangerous. As a boy, his father taught him to sew, and Imad has worked in Iraq, Jordan, and now America as a sewer, determined to cultivate and advance his professional skills. While moving across the world on his own has been a difficult transition, Imad has skillfully found ways to both stay connected with his family back home and work towards a promising future for himself here in America. Some of the biggest challenges he has faced have been learning English and finding meaningful sustainable employment, which is why he sought out Rachel Cox at the ACC We Made This Program to receive an assessment and certification. “I sewed two jackets for Rachel that she liked so much. She gave me a good recommendation to Knotty Tie and I love my job here,” Imad says. He is grateful to have found employment where he feels empowered to learn, grow, and use his professional skills. Imad’s craftsmanship keeps us in awe, and he is both a welcome breath of fresh air and example of hard work to our team. He aspires to learning English and is currently working towards that goal with weekly classes, as well as listening to English programs while he is sewing. “I think it is not easy to find a good job that also encourages me to pursue my personal goals and education, and I have found that here at Knotty Tie Co.,” Imad says.