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Determination and Direction

Faith Leads Veteran to New Opportunities

Michael Spears entered the doors to 850 Main last March looking for a way to get to and from work. He would make the trip to Catholic Charities several times, in what began with a need for bus passes and concluded with a job offer.

During his initial visit, the staff at Catholic Charities suggested Michael return for computer training and help with his job search.
“After I separated from the military and became a civilian I found I lacked computer knowledge.The biggest barrier I had (to employment) was my lack of computer skills,” Michael said.

He participated in the Workforce Development program and drafted a new version of his resume. Eventually, he accepted a temporary position with The Pembroke Hill School, with long-term plans of finding stable employment in the hospitality industry.

“I have 15 years of front of the house restaurant experience and I would love to be a food and beverage manager one day.”

Michael returned to Catholic Charities in late June, dressed in a long-sleeved shirt and tailored vest despite the 95-degree temperature. He gestured toward his leather briefcase, and with his infectious smile and willful determination, explained his plan to follow up on job applications later that day.
“I’m always looking to better myself,” he said.

Michael attributes his success and motivation primarily to his faith and he shares the services offered by Catholic Charities to others in need of assistance.

“I live by the serenity prayer and I try to help others as much as I can. This world is not that bad. There’s a lot of good.”

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