Amanda BakerMy name is Amanda Baker and I’m from Strong City. I was put in the hospital with an infection on my back. When I got out of the hospital, I had to move in with my parents. I had many anger issues and personal challenges. I came up here to Topeka—Stormont Vail West Hospital—for help to try to figure out why I was doing what I was doing. When I was done there, I had nowhere to go, so that’s how I wound up here at the Mission. I have been here almost a year.
The CaRE program stands for Career Readiness Education and what they do is help you prepare to get a job. I’ve been at my job at Kwik Shop for almost 2 months now—it’ll be 2 months on June 24th. This new job is the first job I’ve had in over a year. It was a long struggle, because I kept getting turned down—I wanted a job—but nobody wanted me. This is the first job that said yes— so don’t give up. Just hang in there and don’t give up. I haven’t yet and I’m not going to.
In CaRE, Nell Ritchey and Linda Kinney helped me make a resume and they went out into the community and helped me find places to apply. They taught me how to prepare myself and helped me get interview clothes. We did mock interviews and they gave me other resources to help me get a job. That’s what the Career Program does for you. As a matter of fact, she’s going to get shoes to help me be on my feet at work. They’ve helped me out tremendously.
In the CaRE class, Linda was so patient with me because I was getting frustrated. They’re people who really care. If you ever need help—go to them. They’ll try their best to help you find a job. Your support of the CaRE Program would mean a lot. It’s going to help people get jobs. Jobs that they need so they can get back on their own two feet and re-connect with their families.
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