Jonathan grew up in Holland and always had stable housing. Last year, however, he was living with a friend, who was evicted from his apartment. This left Jonathan with nowhere to go. He called around, and talked to his pastor at church. His pastor recommended a few organizations, one of which was Guiding Light.
Jonathan visited Guiding Light and spoke to our intake manager, Jeff. He felt at ease and was accepted into Guiding Light’s Back to Work program. From here, he applied for jobs, worked with Guiding Light’s internal staffing agency, The Job Post, and soon was offered a full-time position as a security officer.
From Jonathan’s perspective, one of the most valuable parts of the Back to Work program was the safety and security of the building, and in his new job as a security officer at a local apartment complex he is able to provide this same service to others in the Grand Rapids’ community.
Jonathan has continued to work full-time for the security company and he has since moved out of Guiding Light and into his own housing. He wants to thank all the donors and volunteers who make Guiding Light’s mission possible and who helped him get back on his feet!