Wayne returns to SJW and successfully finds employment again
A job means the world to me. It gives me higher self-esteem, self-respect, responsibility. It improves my mental and physical health; and gets me out of myself to meet new people. A job makes me feel all around better about myself.
Having gone through a series of unfortunate experiences recently, and finding himself homeless once again, Wayne has been an SJW client before. He rang the bell in late March when he obtained a job at Upper Crust Bakery using our advanced staffing model through our SJW 5800 location, just as the COVID crisis was hitting AZ. But, as happens, it just wasn’t the right fit for Wayne.
Unfortunately, as is all too often the case for those experiencing homelessness, one tragic thing seems to lead to another. He lost his job, then his personal ID. He found out he needed surgery. And then he lost pretty much all of his belongings, as few as they were. Nowhere to turn, he went back to the Brian Garcia Welcome Center on the Human Services Campus (HSC). He was assisted getting a replacement state ID through the Homeless ID Project, and worked with the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) to secure stable housing and obtain his replacement Social Security Card. With legal ID and housing, he was now ready to find a job. He walked back into SJW and the HSC Dream Team helped him with everything he needed to be successful in his job search. He landed this job in one week!
This is Wayne, ringing the bell! He was hired at AAA Landscape – a much better fit job for him than the bakery. A full-time position that provides benefits after a probationary period, his starting wage is $12.50/hour. SJW provided Wayne with a 15-day bus pass to ensure he could get to work reliably and covered the cost of the steel toed boots he would need to begin working. He started work the very next day!
What does a job mean to Wayne? “A job means the world to me. It gives me higher self-esteem, self-respect, responsibility. It improves my mental and physical health; and gets me out of myself to meet new people. A job makes me feel all around better about myself.” At SJW, we know a job is so much more than a paycheck. We try to highlight that for people all the time, so they truly understand what we do and how lives are transformed through employment. Wayne’s words say it beautifully!
Thank you for your role in supporting SJW and our clients, transforming their lives through employment. Your support of our mission and our work provides people new beginnings and second chances every day. You are providing jobs to those who need them most, and not just a job – a paycheck, personal dignity and self-worth, community, and hope for a better and healthier life. Thank you!