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Employee in panhandler work program gains full-time job

August 25, 2019


FORMER HOMELESS MAN NOW HAS A FULL- TIME JOB THANKS TO THE CITY’S PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM. IT FOCUSES ON PUTTING FORMER PANHANDLERS AND THE HOMELESS TO WORK. *BROOK*) AS THE CITY RELEASES NEW DETAILS ON HOW THE PROGRAM HAS WORKED OUT SO FAR… NEWS 8’S TRAVIS ROBINSON CAUGHT UP WITH ONE MAN WHO SAYS THE PROGRAM GAVE HIM A SECOND CHANCE. TRAVIS? *TRAVI*) DAVID MITCHELL WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO START PICKING UP TRASH AS PART OF THE PROGRAM 5 WEEKS AGO. NOW HE SAYS HE’S STARTED MOVING UP IN THE WORLD. *TRAVIS ROBINSON REPORTIN*) ((/:)) BEFORE MAY 20TH, 21 PEOPLE WHO GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR THE CITY, USED TO BE ON THE STREET AS PANHANDLERS OR THOSE WITHOUT A HOME. “YEAH, I WAS DEFINITELY IN A HOMELESS SITUATION.” DAVID MITCHELL WORKED HARD PICKING UP TRASH FOR THE CITY, TRYING TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND, BUT HE DIDN’T EXPECT RESULTS TO HAPPEN SO QUICKLY. NOW HE’S IN TRAINING WITH RECYCLE FORCE. “IT WAS VERY SMOOTH. THEY OFFERED ME THE JOB, AND YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT ABOUT IT OVER THE WEEKEND AND DECIDED I BETTER TAKE IT. WHEN A MILLIONAIRE OF A COMPANY OFFERS YOU A JOB, YOU BETTER TAKE IT.” THIS WAS THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, AND NOW THE CITY HAS SEEN ITS FIRST SUCCESS IN MITCHELL. BUT HIS STORY ISN’T THE ONLY SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM. 14 TONS OF TRASH WERE PICKED UP OVER 5 WEEKS. “THAT’S A LOT OF TRASH.” THAT’S 560 POUNDS OF TRASH A DAY AND ABOUT A DOLLAR 41 CENTS PER POUND FOR THE CITY. “I THINK IT’S ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. SO WE GET THE DOUBLE BENNEFIT. ONE OF THE MAIN- OR ONE OF THE HIGHEST FREQUENCY OF CALLS INTO THE MAYOR’S ACTION CENTER IS FOR LITTER PICKUP ACROSS THE CITY.” NOW, EVEN THOUGH MITCHELL ‘GRADUATED’ FROM THE PROGRAM, THERE WAS A SACRIFICE HE HAD TO MAKE FOR THE CAREER HE WANTED. “I TOOK A PAYCUT.” “YOU TOOK A PAYCUT?” “YEP” “ISN’T THAT A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING?” “NOT REALLY. LIKE I SAID, I GOT BIGGER OPPORTUNITIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO. CDL TRAINING I’M GETTING, COMRADERE, IT’S VERY BENNEFICIAL TO ME.” NOW, MITCHELL IS LOOKING AT CLIMBING UP IN HIS CAREER AND SAYS HE HAS SOME MONEY SAVED UP TO GET A PLACE TO CALL HOME, ALL BECAUSE THE CITY OFFERED HIM A CHANCE. “I’M JUST GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. I MEAN, FROM WHERE I WAS TO WHERE I’M AT NOW…NIGHT AND DAY. I WOULD RECCOMMEND IT FOR ANYBODY.” *TRAVI*) THE CITY SAYS THEY HAVE A WAITLIST WITH A COUPLE DOZEN PEOPLE ON IT RIGHT NOW. BUT THEY’RE LOOKING INTO HOW THEY CAN GET THEM TO WORK HOPEFULLY BY THIS SUMMER. I’M TRAVIS ROBINSON, WISH TV

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  • Reply 2532robh1 July 2, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome.

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