Mildred Ortiz is the 500th AT&T employee to be hired from one of the 19 neighborhoods that Believe ChicagoSM is working to positively impact. Believe ChicagoSM is working to lessen violence in Chicago neighborhoods by providing employment opportunities to residents, such as Ortiz, who grew up in Chicago’s Brighton Park and was personally affected by violence when she lost a close friend in high school to gang-related gun violence. For her, it’s been amazing to know that her employer really does take care of its employees and she’s grateful to have the opportunity to work for a company that allows her to give back to the community she grew up wishing she could change. For the first time, she has a job that makes her feel like she’s a part of something.

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