Bonnie is currently a member of our kitchen crew, and has been with the Ground Up team since fall of 2019. We'll let Bonnie share in her words:
I had just started to get on my feet, after years of chronic homelessness and substance abuse. I had a full-time job, doing laundry at a local 3-star hotel. I had moved out of my tent and into a roommate situation in NE Portland. I could see a light at the end of the tunnel…
The day I moved into the 2-bedroom apartment, officially paid our new roomie and got my key, I was “let go” from the hotel. Oh. Did I mention that I’m pregnant? Yeah, so I’m just starting my 2nd trimester when I lost my job. The roomie situation didn’t work out too well, either. My fiance and I left there, after about 75 days.
We stayed with family, on the conditions that we were only there to “eat and sleep.” I kept searching for work, while my fiance was dealing with some medical concerns.
I had twelve job interviews, in five weeks, with nothing to show for it.
Brian’s health problems were increasing and I started to feel hopeless, lost and desperate. But I continued my search for employment with determination.
I bumped into a friend (now, co-worker) and explained my job hunt woes to her. She introduced me to Ground Up and gave me Julie’s email address. I emailed her the next day (I think it was Thursday) and was excited and surprised to receive a reply on Friday. The next Monday I had an interview, followed by a “working interview” on Tuesday. Needless to say, I got the job!
Julie and the whole team really feels like “coming home” to me.
Another point I feel was made, Julie (all management, really) met me where I was at. They understood and accepted my 10+ year gap in consecutive and stable employment. And I so appreciate that, and all it entails!
Here I am, 5 weeks away from bringing a new life into the world, and I wouldn’t be where I am, mentally or physically, without the help of all the ladies at Ground Up! As I grow rounder and less active, I am still coming to work. There is still so much for me to learn.
Everyone has been super helpful, making sure I’m comfortable and well-fed. And all my needs are met, while on the clock.
I’m very proud to be part of the Ground Up team. Each and every day brings a new learning experience, blossoming friendships and knowledge that I’m part of the bigger picture. I look forward to continuing to grow and expand with Ground Up.