Esther’s Job Search
Esther*, an elderly client, had worked downtown for many years as an administrative assistant for large firms; skilled and smart, she eventually opened her own retail shop. The economic downturn ended all that. She spent years looking for work, spending through her retirement savings, and feeling her self-esteem slip away. She even considered filing for bankruptcy.
But after six months in Lakeview Pantry’s Job Search Support Program and several meetings with a Pantry volunteer who helped her put together a cover letter and an impressive résumé, Esther came in to the Pantry recently with some good news: She had landed a full-time job at a local retailer!
Jennie Hull, Manager of Client Services, was the first person she shared the good news with, and Esther made her promise to keep it a secret until she could personally thank the others who had helped her get back on her feet. Esther’s story is another great example of how Lakeview Pantry’s Social Services programs help individuals and families address the underlying causes of food insecurity, such as un(der)employment.
*Client’s name/photo was changed to protect their privacy.
Written by: Chris Kertesz, Jennie Hull