AUGUSTA, GA (January 22, 2014) — Each night, anywhere from 130,000 to 200,000 veterans suffer from homelessness1. With concern for the future of veterans, ResCare approaches the issue proactively. In fact, one of ResCare’s own found her way from almost being homeless to self-sufficiency with the help of ResCare Workforce Services and employment with ResCare HomeCare.
Veteran Virginia Lee now has her own place she can call home and also a job that she loves in her hometown of Augusta caring for the elderly. In her quest to help others live independently, her own independence has been restored.
Virginia began her journey in 1979 when she joined the Army. She served in Germany until she became pregnant with her first child and began to search for a career in the states. She worked in the medical field as an admissions clerk and then as a financial counselor before finally holding a position as a pre-registration associate at a local hospital.
After beating breast cancer in 2000, she wanted to become more of a part of the patient’s life and began working in a caregiving role. Ms. Lee loved what she was doing, but her passion was not enough to support her and her family. She was near to being homeless and her health began to decline. When she felt as though she had hit rock bottom, she was referred to the Augusta Warrior Project (AWP), a non-profit organization to help veteran’s get back on their feet.
“I heard about ResCare through a girl that was in the AWP program with me,” said Ms. Lee. “She was working on getting her Master’s and was also working for ResCare HomeCare at the time.”
Ms. Lee was grateful for the support that ResCare offered her.
“I sat down with someone from ResCare Workforce Services and they began by asking me, ‘What are your goals?’ and ‘Where do you want to be right now?’” said Ms. Lee. “They then helped me get my resume together. They worked with me, they motivated me and told me my options.”
Ms. Lee learned where she needed additional training and also honed her job hunting skills.
“My friend from the AWP program told me that ResCare HomeCare offered competitive wages and I should just go online and apply, so I did. The next thing I know I’m getting contacted about interviewing for ResCare HomeCare in my hometown!”
Ms. Lee now has several individuals she supports. ResCare HomeCare Client Services Supervisor Barbara Sampson has worked closely with Ms. Lee.
“I am honored to know Virginia, and it has been great to work with her,” said Ms. Sampson. “I had no idea she triumphed over so many obstacles in her life and yet she maintains such a strong spirit and positive outlook. Her story has given me the strength to recognize I too can positively change and overcome the obstacles I am facing in my life. Virginia is a role model and she actively represents all that ResCare stands for.”
“I love going in each and every single day and doing my job to the best of my ability,” Ms. Lee said. “I want to give this company the recognition it deserves and I look forward to what the future is going to bring me while working for ResCare. I love the people I have met so far. I have gotten so close to the individuals I care for and their families and I couldn’t be happier.”
Author : Moriah Dietrich