|Tommy overcame addiction and depression - but without |
a job, he couldn't move forward.
That includes Tommy Spencer. Though standing at 6'3, he moves nimbly between stoves, hot plates and a steel counter covered with hundreds of meals for homebound seniors.
For Tommy, all height jokes aside, working in this kitchen is a big deal. For years, he struggled to live a life that resembled normal. He overcame addiction. He got treatment for his severe depression. Yet Tommy Spencer was still sleeping each night on a shelter bed.
"I had no place to turn," he said. "I just couldn't find a job."
|Food Services staff help prepare and package food for|
over 2,000 people each day!
Tommy excelled in his work in the kitchen and grew to love it. He found a lot of value in preparing meals to feed others, taking a deep satisfaction in having the chance to help others.
As we begin the fifth week in Lent, we remember the promise of Easter, the Resurrection. Tommy experienced this hopeful promise himself through employment. "God redeemed me," Tommy said. "He led me to a place of help, during my time of need."
Catholic Charities Food Services employs people with disabilities or mental health challenges that limit their employability - and hold them back from leading an independent life. "Since Catholic Charities gave us this opportunity to work and support ourselves, we're all grateful to pay it forward by helping others, people like senior citizens, who can't get around like we can," Tommy said.
|"I always imagine the food is going |
to my own grandmother," Tommy said.
The job changed Tommy's life. With a steady paycheck, he was able to afford his own apartment. "I can't tell you what it means to me," he said.
"Nothing empowers people like a stable job, with living wages," said Scott Lewis, Director of Catholic Charities Enterprises. "Our Food Services gives people who often may be shut out of the job market, an opportunity to contribute to their community while supporting themselves, sometimes for the first time in their lives."
We count on your support to help us empower clients, creating more stories of resurrection like Tommy's. Please make a special Easter gift today to help more men and women like him find hope through employment, housing, education, and more.
Catholic Charities Enterprises provides employment for adults with disabilities; meals for local schools, community groups and homebound seniors; and a catering service, led by Head Chefs Andrea Johnson and Eric Curry. Learn more here!