BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – I had an eye opening experience today. I did a story about people who are looking for work. That usually doesn't mean much to some folks, but it meant a lot to me.
Fortunately, I have a job and so does my wife, Lila. We have made a comfortable living for ourselves, not extravagant by any means, but comfortable. Others have not been fortunate.
You see, the people I met today are proud, honest people, not looking for a hand out, just looking for a job. Any job will do. One woman I talked with is 48 years old, with a young child. Two years ago, she owned a flourishing cleaning business in Florida, but when the economy went south, so did her business. She moved here looking for a better life, but do far, hasn't found it. My heart went out to her.
Another gentlemen worked full time in the construction trade until six months ago, then those jobs dried up, along with his paycheck. He's frustrated and angry. He read the same article I did today, about how the recession is over. Tell that to a man who is about to get evicted because he can't pay his rent.
Another man told me he is a husband and father of five children. He sold his car a month ago just to pay the power bill. In a country so rich, I find it hard to believe these people can't find work.
Another man paid $300 out of his own pocket to take a HazWopper training class to help in the oil spill clean-up. But he was never called, so he comes to the Able Body employment service in Biloxi every morning at 5am, looking for a job at least for that one day. Sometimes he gets called out, but most often not.
For every American who wants to work, but can't find a job, this blog is for you. You deserve better, and I hope someday soon you find what you are looking for. A good job, a steady paycheck, and a way to feed your family without feeling guilty by applying for assistance. If you need help, please take what is offered.
I do know this, I will be going to my kitchen cupboards this week, and pulling out as many canned goods and staples as I can to deliver to the local food pantry. It's the very least I can do. I wish there was more. But thanks for inspiring me with you perseverance and can-do spirit, despite the rough times. God bless you all.