SECOM Success Stories
"Everything in my life was going well; I had a full time job for twelve years at a company, and I was able to provide for my girls. Then I got sick, and lost everything. I moved back to Grand Rapids to be close to my family in case the worst happened, but it was hard; I had no job, no money, and we had to start over. While trying to find a job, I started coming to SECOM's pantry, and learned about the Pride for Parents Program .
Last year, I wasn't able to provide Christmas presents for my 7 and 9 year old girls, and not being able to provide for them like I used to do broke my heart. I wasn't going to let that happen again, so I made sure to sign up for Pride for Parents right away so I could earn gifts for them through volunteering while looking for full time work.
Volunteering regularly has been important to me for more than just making sure my girls have a Christmas. It has helped me maintain my work ethic, stay focused, and have hope for tomorrow. Since I started volunteering, I was able to get a job through a temp agency, and am hoping to be hired in full time after my first 90 days.
I want people to know that SECOM is here to give people a leg up, and to provide opportunities for people who otherwise wouldn't have them. Volunteering through SECOM's Pride for Parents program gave me hope and confidence that although things are hard, there's a bright future ahead for me and my children. "-Jackie
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