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I started in 1978 as a waiter, and was an in-store trainer, training in-coming staff. Corporate restaurants are a great way to get experience. In the 1980s, I worked at free-standing restaurants… Read more
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Update from Al: Jul 12, 2012
I cant believe that with the help of benevolent and inspiration that I was able to turn my life completely around. I have a great job and a place to live where I pay my own rent what a feeling. Its nice to see that there are still people and programs out there that still care and dont think that homeless people arent worth helping. For those people who donated thank you so much. For those who are still out on the street dont give up dont ever give up.
Update from Eva on Al's Employment: Jul 10, 2012
We are so thrilled that Al has had his food-service clothing funded! Since receiving this grant, Al has started working as a waiter at Terra American Bistro in Evanston, where he has received exceptional reviews from the managing team, the owners, and the customers. We are so thankful to all who helped make this possible by funding his work attire.
Al's update on his uniform: Apr 26, 2012
On Tues I went with the resouce manager Eva to the Casual Male clothing store and ordered all the uniforms that I needed for my new job. They will email me in 3 to 5 working days to come pick them up. I can't tell you how much this means to me. I am on my way to getting my life back and all because of the chance Benevolent gave me, I promise I will be the best waiter this city has ever seen. I will never forget what you have done for me and the rest of the people. Once again thank you so much.
Update from Al Apr 14, 2012
I AM HAPPY TO TELL YOU THAT THE FUNDS CAME IN LAST WEEK , ALSO I GOT A JOB. THE UNIFORM IS NOT A TUX. I AM SUPOSE TO GO THIS WEDNSDAY TO SHOP FOR THE CLOTHES WITH MY CASEWORKER.
Al's statement on hearing his need has been funded: Jan 30, 2012
To all that have funded all the people in this great program as well as myself. My name is AL. I was just fully funded as of Jan 26th for my tux to get work in a staffing agency as a waiter. I can't tell you how grateful and humble I am to all the people who gave others as well as myself this opportunity to turn our lives around. To all at Benevolent much thanks.
At the shelter where I was living, there was a listing of all the employment-training programs in walking distance. Each one had a different area of expertise. Inspiration was a culinary and job training program and that’s what I do. They give you breakfast and give you bus passes to find employment; they help with housing once you get a job. They taught me computer skills and gave me a voicemail and an email address. They have the most dedicated staff that help people who have nothing and they make us employable and work with us. I have a great deal of gratitude to the Inspiration Corporation.
Once I get employment I can get permanent housing. I am eligible for housing from a lot of places or I could pay for rent at the Y.
I need to get a tuxedo in my size and I’m not a small guy. I need Big and Tall sizes. The banquet company I’ve been in touch with hires regularly and, with my experience (I have worked at the Palmer House, Marriott, etc. in two different countries), I would have an excellent chance to get hired. They are hiring now but I would need to have my own tuxedo shirt, bow tie, vest, and comfortable shoes. All I need is a pair of decent black, almost gym shoe-like shoes with no designs. They need to be comfortable. Sometimes you don’t need the full pants and jacket. But I actually need that too.
The position I’m in now--I put myself there, and it’s up to me to get myself out of it. I had chances I blew on my own. My mother is 86 and is now in a nursing home. The house that she owned got foreclosed on. I was taking care of her and when she lost the house, I had nowhere to go. The next thing I know I’m homeless with 60 bucks to my name and no clothes and no ID. I humbled myself and went into the shelter and did what the people told me to do. Soon they saw me being worthy of their help. I did exactly what they told me to do. I entered the shelter on July 18, 2011. On Oct. 24, I entered the Independent Living Program. I earned it. I worked my way up from nothing. I gotta keep going. I understand how the economy is. If taxpayers are going to be helping me and people like me in this situation, we need to show them that we are worthy of their help. We’re not frivolous or on dope. I have been clean since 2000.
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I am the Resource Specialist for the Employment Project here at Inspiration Corporation. I have been in this position for 8 months and I joined Inspiration Corporation because I was originally a corps member with Avodah. My roommate and close friend was placed here and I came to visit her and… Read more
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I have known Al through the employment project here at Inspiration; it’s a 4-week job readiness workshop, with folks from all walks of life, all types of people-some who have MBAs who are unemployed and others who have been homeless and never worked. It’s about looking at yourself, your strengths and weakness, reframing the way you view the world and the way you present yourself to get the job you really want. In the program, you are assigned a career specialist who works with you to get you ready, anything you need that is employment or work-related. I work with anyone who needs it since I don’t have my own caseload. I work with everyone on their supportive goals related to employment--finding resources, service gaps, whatever they need to get to their goals.
There are organizations available to help women get their professional clothing needs met, but not necessarily for men. Dental work, bikes, things like this, no one can really meet. My responsibility is to provide the resources needed. I worked with Al on his housing goals, helped him get glasses, and now I want to help him get the uniform he needs. Al has always been so honest and clear about what he’s looking for. He has years and years of food service experience but with the economy, he couldn’t find another job. He has temporary stable housing, but what he needs is to get his job back. He is so close to getting this position with this banquet company and all he needs is this tuxedo. He doesn’t want to take charity, he wants to work and all that’s standing in the way of his getting there is for him to have an outfit.