Shawn’s Boots Mean Money to Overcome Homelessness
This holiday season, we’re asking our supporters to “step up” and help our community overcome employment barriers. Every day, we employ hundreds of people who are working hard to change their lives. People like Shawn who turned to EMBERS when he was faced with homelessness. We asked him to tell us about his story. Here’s what he had to say.
What brought you to EMBERS?
I was homeless, unemployed, and in need of help.
What kind of barriers did you face before you came to EMBERS?
I was wrongfully accused and convicted for “causing a disturbance” in a highly political case back in Ontario (my reserve). This put me in a position to be homeless.
What is your favourite part about working for EMBERS?
The staff here are awesome. I love being paid once a week. They treat me with respect and dignity.
When you tell people about EMBERS, what do you tell them?
EMBERS is the best employment agency out there. All you need to do is show up.
Why do you choose to work with EMBERS?
EMBERS pays the best rates and they have everything a person could need to work and get back on their feet. I started as a general labourer, worked hard, showed up every day, and eventually got skilled labour. I finally landed a hoist operator gig at Vancouver House, which is the tallest hoist in the Lower Mainland).
I will always be grateful to EMBERS for helping me in a time of need.