What Does Your Job Mean to You?
As a community working together to provide support to those experiencing homelessness, it is important to remember that a key part of the equation for sustainable independence is job security. Steady, reliable employment can be the backbone of successful self-sufficient living and can also have great impact on mental health. The intrinsic benefits of a secure job for a person in crisis are immeasurable!
Family Promise graduates, Donald and Jennifer, were both unemployed when they first entered the shelter program. With some tweaking of resumes and some interview practice and coaching, Donald was offered a job very quickly. He was ecstatic to say the least! His spirits and confidence soared, and he became enthused about some hobbies he had long put aside like his love for cooking. With groceries provided by Ledgewood Baptist Church, the host shelter congregation, Donald treated the entire group of shelter guests to a special dinner he prepared and cooked by himself. For Donald, his job means freedom and joy.
With renewed determination, a new resume and some of her own interview coaching, Jennifer pursued many job openings until she was offered employment. Like Donald, Jennifer's outlook became more positive and her self-esteem grew. After becoming employed, Jennifer never seemed to stop smiling! She doesn't take the responsibility of her job lightly, though. In Jennifer's own words, "Employment plays a significant role in living independently, but it takes discipline and sacrifice." For Jennifer, employment means stability and possibilities.
Everyone desires to have purpose in life and feel valued. Going from a crisis situation to a structured, secure lifestyle where you feel needed can have a profound impact on a person's spirit, security and their path to the future!
We are grateful for a community that supports our neighbors in crisis and can help create stable lifestyles!