“Al,” a Salt Lake native, had a well-paying job as a professional custodian with the same company for almost 20 years. He had a car and maintained his own apartment. He was also a freelance writer.
When a new supervisor was hired at his workplace, the company began adopting cost-cutting policies and Al was laid off. Disillusioned, depressed, and unable to find another job Al lost his apartment and abandoned his writing.
Al sought refuge at the local shelter, began dining at St. Vincent’s, and used the Weigand Center to continue his job search efforts. The staff noted he was sincere and consistently kind in spite of his misfortunes. He was quick to volunteer when he had the time.
After a few months of job searching, Al located a stocker position with a major freight company with assistance from the Weigand Staff. The new job was comparable in pay to his previous job. A few months later, he was able to save enough money to get his own apartment that is a 15 minute walk to his new job. Now settled in his own place, he has started to do his freelance writing again, which he finds very satisfying. Al is grateful to the staff and volunteers at the Weigand Center for their help and encouragement.
*Names and images have been changes to protect client identity.