I’ve been in the Back to Work Program for just under a month. I’m here because I broke my arm falling down an icy stairwell and had eight screws and a plate put in. I couldn’t draw social security unless I was disabled a year. Consequently I got evicted after being only $500 behind on rent.
I spent two weeks on the streets in Holland. I bathed in Lake Macatawa in 55 degree water and worked 30 hours a week. I had to sleep during the day with my only possessions in a bag I wrapped around my neck and used as a pillow. When people on the street know you have money, they flock to you and you have to find ways to hide so
they don’t try anything.
Now my arm is pretty much healed and I’m back to work. It took me all of fifteen minutes to get a job in the Back to Work program. A doctor called up and needed some work done around his place. He’s 92 years old and takes care of his wife. His yard hasn’t been touched in five years. I happened to be out in the lobby putting my things away and they asked me if I’d be willing to do it. I said sure, I can help the guy. I gave him a phone call and he offered to come pick me up. It’s not a full-time job but it was work right away. It happened that fast. I helped him clean up his giant yard, put in flower beds and cleaned out his garage. I didn’t think I’d be good at doing something like that, but hey, I’m happy working for him. He needs the help and I like helping him.
I’m starting a full-time job working nights beginning this week, but I’ll help the doctor during the days if he needs me.