Ladies, I tried to post but was kicked off the site. I guess I have added my limit. In my psot that was rudely erased, I wrote that we should go into the golden goose business. Sounds like you already made it. I moved out of IL and to think, that is where the treasure is.
My job situation is a bit different. As the director of a non-profit, my job includes recruiting students, teaching, counseling and the ever so fun fundraising. When the students get to my level, they have to pay about half of their room, board, books and tuition. While they were in the one year residential drug and alcohol rehab program, they didn't pay much if anything. Most do not have income and have burt all the bridges with family and friends. They still get to stay the whole year and not pay anything. When they come to the school, they have to go out and get a job. In the 5 years since I started the school, this is the first time our students have had difficulty getting jobs. You can imagine that many of the have criminal histories that prevent them from getting jobs. Even the local WaMart won't hire most of them because of felonies, the WalMart policy. I had one student who was a dentist who lost his practice and license due to drugs and alcohol and spent time in prison. He ended up getting a job at a fast food rest. Another student had been a corporate attorney until alcohol took it all away. He got a job picking up trash. Humbling!
about a year and a half ago, while I was speaking at an event, the head of job service in this area came to me and ask how our students got jobs beacuse he had people that had been out of work for over a year. I explained when they come in, I ask them how many hours they would work per day if they had a job. The normal answer is 8. I then tell them that their job is to spend 8 hours a day looking for work. With our minimum wage at $8.45 per hour, if they work 30 hours a week they can pay their portion of room, board, books and tuition and still have money left for spending. I have to raise the rest by finding businesses, individuals and churches to donate. That is getting to be a very difficult task in this economy. I am supposed to hire someone as soon as possible but I can't until the funds are raised. I will gladly take a golden goose or even an egg even if it is cracked.
I hope both of you have a very restful weekend and find relief from the pain. This is no yoke!
Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 3/15/2009 1:00:50 AM (GMT-6)