“They are many things, but ‘lazy’ is not one.”

Adam came to the US from Ethiopia in 1981, and worked as a server at the National Gallery of Art cafe for 30 years. He was laid off, struggled financially for months, and finally ended up living in his car. A friend who volunteers for Interfaith Works brought him to us, and he has taken every step possible to get back on his feet. While living at our men’s transitional shelter, he took our job readiness class and worked with me and with our wonderful volunteer Marilyn to identify job openings, complete applications and practice interviewing. He also completed our Microsoft Office class. Today, he works at Courtyard by Marriott, arriving at 5:30am ready to serve breakfast with a smile. Adam also took an evening job working as a fine dining server so he can save enough money to afford to move out of our shelter.

With our team’s help, he is working on managing his money, and is ready to move into an affordable apartment. “The programs at Interfaith Works have been invaluable, offering me guidance and support while I worked to improve my situation,” he says. “My case manager and my vocational counselor helped me re-build my self-esteem and move forward in my life.”

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