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Foothill Unity Center
February 25, 2011

First of all I am a volunteer, former staff member, and will always have the Foothill Unity Center in my heart. I first came to them as a single mom on welfare with very little work experience. I meet Betty Mc Williams she interviewed me and put me to work the following week. When i got there people didn't know where i was suppose to work at so the volunteer that usually pulls files didn't show up so that is where they put me. I had no experience and didn't know what the heck i was suppose to do but i keep up with the fast pace distrubution and impressed the volunteer that i worked with. From then on that is where i worked. When my termed ened with the center they found me a program that gave me paid work experience and I could still be able to work there. I completed that program and at the end of term I was walking out to leave to get married and Betty and Joan called me in the office and told me when I got back from getting married I had a job with them. I was so happy i cried. I loved working for the center. I worked at the center as the client services assitant and did all client intakes and aprovals. I updated all client files at the time of updating. I helped find homeless shelter and helped people get into their OWN place to live. I have experiences amazing miracles at the center. I was the staff member that was chosen to open the Pasadena Unity Center along with Aids Service Center at the time. I was honorned that they would trust me with such a huge responsiblilty. Well Unforutnally I had to relocate far away due to unfourtate circumstances with my now ex husband. I still drive over 2 hours just to come volunteer at the center. I owe everthing that I am to the Betty and Joan who cared and nourtured me to the person I am today and the Job skills that i obtained from them to get the position that I have today. With out them I don't know where I would be. They have helped me financally, emotionally and also provided me with services when i was in need. I have also meet the man that I am going to marry today at the center. He came in homeless and hungry, No where to go and I signed him up for services and told him about some shelters to go. He came in every monday wednesday and friday to get food and see me. We lost contact and reconnected now engaged to be married. He also is so very grateful to the center for the hand up not a hand out. They didn't treat him any less cause he was homeless. I owe everything to the center I still and always will consider the center my job! I even have my current job doing fundrasiers for the center and geting dr's to volunteer his services for the back to school event this year. I Love everything about the center and wishes they had more people to help and i know very well that they are UNDERSTAFFED and OVERWHELMED.

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IN gaining work experience, I gained encourgement, and self esteem from the center

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing they are amazing

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Signed clients up for services.