Beverly graduated from college and married her high school sweetheart. She had two little girls and was a stay-at-home mom. After losing her husband when the youngest child was only 4 years old, they moved to a small apartment. She wanted to enter the job market part-time while the children were in school.
She turned to Unity for help so she could supplement her limited income. She talked to the Job Smart Counselor and explained she had no previous work experience. Unity provided help with interview skills and a resume, then suggested that she volunteer in Unity’s work training program to sharpen her skills before applying for a job.
While developing skills in customer service, inventory, barcoding, and merchandising, she was given three sets of work related clothing, shoes and completed a three-month on-the-job training course before she was successfully hired by a company looking for sales personnel.
At Unity, she was an excellent student and learned how to work the checkout registers and even processed the daily receipts. She was self-assured, attractive, had an outgoing personality and developed many excellent job skills. After school, her children often joined her at the Unity Shoppe; they all learned how to work in Unity’s “Free” grocery store to help other families that needed support.
Today Beverly is happy, working and self-sufficient. She lives with her children in larger quarters, and the family is stable and self-reliant.