Workshops for Warriors | Quarterly Newsletter | July 2022

JULY 2022

Quarterly Newsletter

Workshops for Warriors celebrate our 1,000th graduate

Message from WFW Founder & CEO Hernán Luis y Prado

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to share that my wife, Rachel, was selected as one of San Diego Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women over 50 as a result of her work as Workshops for Warriors’ CFO & Chief Academic Officer!

Rachel is too humble to say anything herself, however, she earned two master’s degrees in international & intercultural communications and another one in survey methodology and statistics...while working full-time.  On a personal note, while working so hard to improve herself and our family, fourteen years ago she selflessly agreed to sell all of our possessions and liquidate our entire savings and retirement accounts to help my brothers and sisters-in-arms get an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. 

This is a dream many of you now share with us...a dream to give every veteran an opportunity for a dignified career while rebuilding America's Advanced Manufacturing Force.

As a result of your support and donations coupled with Rachel's intelligence, humility, selflessness, and perseverance, 1,032 veterans are now working in advanced manufacturing careers in every state of our nation...making an average of $60,000 a year after graduating from Workshops for Warriors.

Please join me in congratulating Rachel on this honor. 

I hope you will take this opportunity to congratulate her and ask her how we are tripling the number of Veterans we can serve in 2024 as we start construction of another 25,000 square foot facility in August.

Very respectfully,

Hernán Luis y Prado

Rachel Luis y Prado awarded Top 50 Most Influential Women 🎉

Congratulations to Rachel Luis y Prado for being selected as one of San Diego’s 50 Most Influential Women over 50!


Workshops for Warriors on FOX 5 San Diego

Fox 5 San Diego featured Workshops for Warriors in a special segment for the 4th of July. 


Recognize a Veteran or Service Member 🇺🇸

Recognize and thank all those who are veterans or in active service by adding their names to the Workshops for Warriors' Honor Wall*. This wall is an interactive digital wall you will find on our website

and will also be recreated in physical form at our new Workshops for Warriors Headquarters when completed in the future.


All donations over $100 will grant a permanent place* on our Honor Wall for your honoree of choice.

Learn More and Donate NOW!
View the Digital Interactive Wall
Changing Lives

“Workshops for Warriors will forever be my home, and I will highly recommend it to others.”


Marine Corps Veteran

WFW’s 1000th Graduate 🎉

Fall 2021 Welding I Graduate

Spring 2022 Welding II Graduate

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Calling all Manufacturing Employers! 

Join us on July 22nd for our Summer 2022 Career Fair, featuring trained welders and CNC machinists from our August graduating class!


Help fund the expansion that will increase our student throughput three-fold.

Our Featured Partner

This quarter we recognize the tremendous commitment of support to Workshops for Warriors made by The Gene Haas Foundation. Our state-of-the-art machining program would not be possible without the financial commitment you have made to our program and the veterans we serve. The WFW Haas Automation Technical Education Center (HTEC Lab) has been a launchpad for advanced manufacturing careers for hundreds of American heroes. 


We thank The Gene Haas Foundation for their unparalleled support from the beginning of Workshops for Warriors.

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Partners Propelling Our Mission Forward

Weiler Abrasives donated protective gear to help our welding students train safely & Jerry provided S.P.O.T training to our students! 

GovX raised over $18,000 for WFW through their March Patch of the Month and GovX Gives Back campaigns.

Victory Welding Alloys donated brand-new materials for our welding program.

AWS Welding Workforce grant allowed us to purchase new welding machines for our program.

Special Thanks

Thank you to the following donors and organizations who recently awarded WFW with funding.

Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation

Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

KH Sales, Inc (Kevin Hess)

Sandra Zarcades

Wayne Arendsee

Richard & Judy Arendsee

WFW In the Spotlight

Ways to Support
Check out all the ways you can support our mission.
Give a Full or Partial Scholarship
Become a Monthly Donor

Start a Fundraiser for Your Birthday or Another Event
Help Fulfill our Wish List of Program Materials
Planned Giving, Stock, DAF, or Crypto Donations
Make a One-Time Donation – Every Dollar Counts!

Donate to Recognize a Veteran or Service Member

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In-Kind Donations

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Host an in-person or

virtual fundraiser 

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Give to Workshops for Warriors While You Shop Amazon
You can donate to WFW whenever you shop through Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to WFW!
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