You can successfully return to the workforce. The people in this list are celebrating their one year anniversary in the workforce after years of little or no work. Don't be discouraged. You, too, can successfully transition back into the workforce. Read their stories. Make a decision to do what it takes. Understand your worth.
Like the others in this list, Doug was part of Megiddo's first graduating class-- January 2013. Doug was referred to Megiddo by a member of Midland Valley Church of the Nazarene who felt Doug could benefit from the program. Due to a serious health condition, Doug had been out of work for an extended period of time. He was a dedicated student, excelling in the core curriculum and Leadership program. Soon after graduation, Doug accepted a job at Carolina CoverTech and a volunteer position as a Teaching Assistant in the Megiddo core program. Doug continues to be an asset to the team at Carolina CoverTech, recently celebrating his one year anniversary of service. Doug also got married during the past year. It’s been a wonderful year—watching him grow professionally, personally and spiritually.
Sharon Kelley, out of work for almost 4 years, is now working as Program Director for Hungry No More. Also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Megiddo Dream Station. Sharon had worked for the same company for over 30 years, when she suddenly found herself unemployed. She was devastated and began to isolate herself, never coming out of her home during the day. Depression and discouragement grew daily.
Sharon made a decision to leave the house and join the Megiddo Dream Station program. She encourages everyone to take that step toward independence. She thanks her Heavenly Father and Megiddo for helping her transition back into the workforce.
Eric Dowling, 35, hadn’t had steady work for more than four years before he came to the Megiddo Dream Station. “I have five children and a wife to support, and I don’t want a handout,” he said. “But I had lost hope that anyone would give me a chance.” Eric heard about the Dream Station on TV and wanted to check it out. He said his life hasn’t been the same since.
“Ms. Kay told me God had a plan for my life and that my hope was in Him. I started work last January, and I love it. It’s my responsibility to take care for my family. Now I can do that.”
Eric is recognized as a dependable, effective, flexible worker at Sage Valley Golf in Graniteville, South Carolina. Eric's wife, Rain, attended the Spring session and is now working at AllStar Tents and Rentals. Their five children participate in the Diapers to Diplomas program at the KidStation. Both Eric and Rain volunteer in local programs to give back to the community that helped them dream again.
Martie came to Megiddo after spending years trying to secure a stable job. She has a learning disability that wasn't diagnosed until she was in middle school, contributing to a low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
Martie wanted an opportunity. She was willing to work hard and do what she needed to do to be successful. After completing the core program, Martie attended the Megiddo Caregiver Training. She is now working as a Health Care Attendant and attending the GED prep class at Our Lady of the Valley.
Wincia moved to Graniteville from Colorado and found it very difficult to find employment. He had a lot of experience but never got a return call when he applied for jobs. Wincia attended the Megiddo Dream Station Work for Success program and was selected for the Leadership Program. He is now happy to be working at GENCO in Graniteville.
After going through many training programs, Nadia still had difficulty finding and maintaining employment. Although Nadia demonstrated her reliability, dependability and trainability, she needed to understand the value she added to the workforce. She attended the Megiddo Dream Station Office Assistant and Financial Peace Programs, developing confidence. Nadia is now working in the office at Yamaha Forklifts