posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 11:53 PM
After nearly a year and a half of being unemployed, I'm starting a new job tomorrow.
Let me give you some background. About two years ago, I quit my job I got fed up with being treated like they owned me. It wasn't just me. They
treated everyone with the same contempt and disrespect. The turnover at that place was ridiculous. They would lose at least one person once a month or
so. After I left there, I picked up a newsp[aper delivery route. It was a motor route, though, and with the rising cost of gasoline, I had to quit
after about six months.
I was staying with my mother who was up in years and didn't mind me being there to help around the house. When she passed away, my brother set me up
in an apartment next to him because he had prostate cancer and was getting weaker and needed someone to help out with groceries, laundry, and whatever
he needed done that he couldn't do himself. He passed away in April, but before he died, he paid the rent on my apartment for six months. So, I've
had a place to stay and get groceries with food stamps.
Since this past February, I've been working at Goodwill through a Job Service program for veterans. It's only 12 hours a week, but it has given me
enough to pay my utilities on the apartment. I turned 55 in June which qualified me for a program called "Generations" which is a job training
program for older people that are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged.
The lady at Generations found out that I had experience as a restaurant cook and got me an interview with the Victory Center, a local homeless
shelter. They were in desperate need of someone to take charge of the kitchen because the woman that was doing it had recently quit. The job will only
be 20 hours a week to start and I will be on the Generations payroll. But, if they like my work, the Victory Center has the option of hiring me
directly later on. My long term goal right now is to learn the job and do the best I can and hopefully be hired on as the kitchen manager.
I feel it will be rewarding to provide meals for the homeless. They also run a food pantry. I'm looking forward to it.