Meet Javier. . .
Javier is one of the16 people we were able to employee last year in the height of the pandemic. Before joining our team Javier lived on Catalina Island for 22 years working at a variety of restaurants. He moved there directly from Mexico with his brothers when he was 17.
At the end of 2019 Javier's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer which forced him to leave the island and move to Long Beach where they
could get the care she needed.
In an effort to try and make ends meet he worked with his brothers and friends doing various construction jobs just to help provide for his family. In early 2020 Javier got a job at a Mexican restaurant in Lakewood which would help provide for his wife's medical needs and support his 2 sons. But then in March the pandemic hit and the restaurant closed and once again Javier
face the struggle of how to provide for his family.
In June of last year he show up on our doorsteps after another employee told him about us. We hired him as a dishwasher on the night shift at the time and while he had experience in the kitchen he was happy to just have a job. We found him to be a very calm, professional and kind person willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to help somebody out.
Since our teams came back together, earlier this year, we were able to move Javier into the kitchen and increase his salary to help him make ends meet. And the best news yet, is that is wife is cancer free.
Just one of the many untold stories of how we have been able to help people during this pandemic and beyond.