We at Glasgow City Mission love when those we work with get a job. To get to the point that they are creating a CV and applying for jobs means that they have travelled a long hard road and that they are now ready to play their part fully in society.
We not only love it but we take it very seriously, so seriously that one of our colleagues Susan oversees employability for the Mission.
Over the last month, we have had tremendous news that four men have now started new jobs.
Two of our interns finished with us in June and they are both now employed. Anthony is working in the Recovery Unit at the Mungo Foundation in Glasgow and James is a Homeless Support Worker with Aspire on the south side of Glasgow.
Franny was a guest at our Overnight Welcome Centre last Christmas time where he became ill. This was actually a blessing as it helped him avoid relapsing into addiction. Franny is now working in a Harvester restaurant in the Glasgow area and he said, “I wouldn’t be where I am now without the Mission”.
Our fourth good news jobs story involves Graeme. Graeme applied for the new Kitchen Porter post in our kitchen in Crimea Street. When we caught up with him, it was the end of his first day.
He shared, “My first day was absolutely brilliant. I have been volunteering here, it’s like a family, helping out everyone, including guests. Having this job means I can budget and save, I can buy my own food at home. It means I could be able to access a holiday with my daughter, who I haven’t seen in years.
“I appreciate this job and I thank the staff. If I stick in there, with my cleaning, my food preparation, I hope to stay for longer than my three-month contract. I make the soup every Monday, today it was a chicken and bacon soup, last week was a beef broth, next week I hope to make potato and leek.”