Ready to work: Chanel Henderson
on October 15, 2010
Chanel Henderson divides her time between taking care of her three children, job hunting, and volunteering at Victorious Living Church in Richmond. It’s through her faith that Chanel finds strength to believe in her future.
“There is something for Chanel,” she said. “I don’t feel I’m going through this struggle for nothing.”
Henderson, 38, wants to become a nurse, but first wants to find a job that will help her return to school. She’s worked in medical billing and as a certified nurse’s assistant at a care facility in San Rafael.
Henderson’s job search has been hindered in recent months with the passing of her mother and the loss of her home. “Every time I would try to get myself to a place where I could catch up, there’s always been a hardship that comes about,” Henderson said. “My life was snowballing.”
Henderson turned to Rubicon where she was able to establish temporary housing through a program known as “Transitional Housing.” The program provides housing under the condition a permanent job be found within a year. Henderson’s deadline is looming, as unemployment options are scarce within a city facing 18.5 percent unemployment.
“I’m a reliable person, I’m committed, and I’m very ethical. I’m caring and I’m genuine. I truly care about the performance and meeting the deadlines of my work.”
“It’s been very tough. I’ve never experienced this before. I’ve never had a hard time looking for work. It’s very tough.”
“What keeps me going is spiritual guidance, having faith, and believing that this is only a test. There’s a purpose in this. Through it all, I’ve become stronger and a lot more patient. To go through the struggle, I can really truly understand it more.”
“I have to first establish employment then I can work on building my life skills as far as going back to school to better and further my education. Right now my first focus is to find employment and then that will come.”
“I believe I have a great attitude. I try not to let my situation consume me as much.”
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