West End Neighborhood House

James's Story

James Rascoe was attending William Penn High School when his father passed away, and it wasn’t long before he got into trouble and dropped out. Realizing he needed to finish high school, James enrolled in a GED program. He tried several adult education programs, but wasn’t motivated and resigned himself to working at minimum wage jobs.

In August of 2017, James saw a flyer for West End’s Education and Employment program, and he took it as a sign to get himself together and finally finish the GED. With West End’s help, he took his first test in September and had passed three of the four sections by the end of October, 2017. While studying for the math section, he became frustrated and stopped attending the program regularly for a time. In October 2018, James got a job as a security guard which required a high school credential. He was given three months to finish his GED in order to keep his job. At that point, James started coming more often and really applied himself. The more he studied math, the more fun it became. In December of 2018, he passed the math test and earned his GED - a goal he’d been pursing for over 10 years.

James plans to continue working as a security guard, save money, and enroll in culinary school. Although he enjoys his job, cooking is his true passion. In the future, he dreams of possibly owning a food truck and preparing dishes from around the world.

Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

West End is currently accepting applications for the positions of Program Coordinator (Launcher Program)Small Business Advisor, and  Summer Camp Coordinator. You are also welcome to fill out and submit an employment application.  Completed employment applications should be submitted to applywestend@westendnh.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

No matter what your age or interests are, West End has the right volunteer opportunity for you. We welcome any time commitment you can make to our organization and its customers. Below is a list of volunteer positions we are consistently filling. If your ideal opportunity is not listed, get creative and contact us with an idea of how you would like to help, or fill out an online volunteer application. (If possible, please use a browser other than Internet Explorer when submitting a volunteer application.)

For more information about volunteering at West End, email: wdavis@westendnh.org