Today Sean has been employed for 6 years at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, but 10 years ago Sean’s wife had just passed away, and as a single father of two boys he couldn’t find secure work…
Over ten years ago I found myself a single father of two boys. I didn’t really have the money for a babysitter or childcare, so I wasn’t able to do very much before or after school.
But as my boys got older I started looking for work, and as time passed it became harder and harder because I had been out of the workforce for so long – nobody wanted to hire me. Wanting to work, being able to work, and not finding anything, I felt frustrated and defeated.
I heard about Pathways through my OW worker and decided to give it a try. For the next few years I was with Pathways on and off, and then things started to turn around.
I registered for the CTT program and loved it. It was hands-on training in something I like to do, building and renovating.
Before the course my expertise was mainly in renovating and building kitchens, but that 8 weeks expanded my skills into other areas, including plumbing and electrical.
During the CTT course I first met Bob, an Employment Placement Specialist. Bob was with me each step of the way. He is a big influence on me. When I needed to talk he was always there. About 10 years ago my wife passed away and Bob came to the funeral. That meant a lot
Today, my life is night and day from when I first walked into Pathways. It feels like I have a purpose. Money is not as much of a struggle now. I have been employed as a full times sales clerk at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for 6 years, and Bob still comes into the store to visit every now and then.
Thank you Bob…
I owe all of this, all of what I have now to Pathways and to Bob. That is how I look at it. I praise everything that I have learned. Because for me, it’s like they didn’t give up on me, and loyalty means a lot to me.
My advice to someone in the same situation today,” do the work”. If you want to work, you’ll do everything you need to do to get to work. Don’t just expect other people to give something to you – you have to work for it. There were a couple times where I wasn’t doing what I needed to do because I didn’t feel like doing it. But in those moments Bob called me on it. Now, looking back on it, I know that they have heard it all. So my advice is just go in and do what you need to do, and you will be happier for it in the end.
My Takeaway: Music
When I’m not at the ReStore my passion is music. I play bass in a metal band called Thumb Knuckle and listen to everything from classical music to heavy metal. Music has helped me to get through some of the darkest moments in my life. I’d encourage you to find your creative outlet!