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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:35 pm
by deejay
Getting Tripod's ashes in her new urn was easy. My backpack weighs more now, because it's slightly larger and heavier--rosewood vs. plastic--but I don't care. I put the old box into the new one.

Tried to go to the job fair for Samaritan's Purse; last night I thought there has got to be a better way to get there than taking three buses. So I checked, and lo and behold, I found I could walk to the Santa Ana train station, take the Metrolink to Fullerton, and tone bus from there. Unfortunately, when I got there, at the train station, the ticket vending machine wasn't working properly. So I figured God didn't want me to go there--hey, in my 47 years of following Christ, I have learned if something get roadblocked, it means God is saying "no" to that. So I went back, got my mail and went to the library.

Got a voicemail from SP; I'll have to call them back. My phone has been acting weird lately; there are times the screen will go black for no reason, then come back on. The other day I got a phone call from my pastor's mother-in-law and I think she wanted to hang out with me, but I couldn't hear what she was saying. Then we got cut off, and I dialed her back. I can't be sure what she said. Last time she offered to take me somewhere, she flaked out at the last minute.

Still, I'm kind of upset and disappointed I didn't get to ride the train....

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:29 pm
by Allison
Maybe you didn't mean it this way, but what I'm reading is any obstacle is a clear "no" from God. So... God doesn't want you to work at a Christian organization, or even give some extra effort to try? What if you saw these obstacles as something to overcome because the enemy doesn't want you to work for a Christian organization? What if God wanted to show you something by overcoming that obstacle? If you had told me the ticket machine didn't work, so you went back to the bus station, and the first bus was late, then the second bus broke down, then the third bus missed your stop, so you got off at the next stop and walked back, but by then they weren't admitting anyone new to the job fair, then, maybe I'd say, "Okay, God. What now?" But don't let one small thing stop you! You are stronger than that, Deejay! Don't sell yourself short by saying, "Well, one thing went wrong, so I give up." God isn't always going to just drop a job in our laps and make everything easy. He wants us to grow, not only in trusting Him when it seems there are stumbling blocks, but He also wants us to grow in perseverance and endurance, in EVERY sense of the word. If this had been an actual job interview, would you have said the same thing, or would you have looked it as on opportunity to give an extremely relevant answer to an often asked interview about overcoming challenges? I've not lived your life, Deejay, and I'm not trying to say I know your life better than you, or that I know God's purposes better than you. But sometimes we need to look at things from more than one angle.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:46 pm
by deejay
You may be right. They've left not one, but two, voicemails on my phone asking for a phone interview. At least I don't have to worry about what to wear! :lol:

Alright, I'll call them tomorrow while I'm at work. The fact they obviously are interested in me is a definate plus. Maybe by this means I can earn enough money to get out of the shelter.

Thanks for the word of encouragement! :thankssign :bow

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:16 am
by Shann
First yay to Allison for saying what she said so succinctly. I was thinking the same thing, but wasn't able to put it into such a nice way like she did. And yay to you Deejay for listening. I think this sounds like a brilliant place for you. You could not only get a great job, apartment, aybe a pet, but you'd be able to empathize with these people in a way only someone who has been homeless can understand. So did you follow through with the phone interview?

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:01 pm
by deejay
They called me! I have a face to face interview at 1 pm Monday! I haven't worked full time in years, even longer with consistent overtime. But I can educate people on homelessness, if necessary; something I do whenever I see an online news article about homelessness. It would shock you to see what some people post about the homeless--one person said they should put all the homeless on a ship, sail it out to the middle of the ocean, then sink it. Some people are--wisdom deficient! I'll put it that way!

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:26 am
by Shann
Dear Jesus, I ask that you bless Deejay. Give her the confidence, strength, wisdom, and punctuality to show her best self in this interview. Bless the interviewer with wisdom, empathy, and a calm presence. Help Deejay figure out what she needs to do before interview and give her the access to find information about the company, remind her to breathe deeply and feel your presence, give her an opportunity to see how different interviews might be held today than last time she interviewed.Thank you for the help Alison has provided. Bless her with confidence, yet don't let her cross that line from confident to cocky. Thank you for granting her this opportunity. Let her gratitude for the opportunity shine through. Thank you for her case workers and many others who have helped her get to this point. Thank you for her relevant job and life experience and grant her the desire to help others. Thank you for keeping her healthy and bless her with strength and ability to do this job if she is offered it. Thank you for all who have encouraged, helped, and coached her this far. We put this in your hands and believe you have great plans for her. Amen.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:17 pm
by deejay
NAILED IT!

Orientation date will be announced, I go for training the Wed./Fri. the week before Thanksgiving, and start the following week. When I did the phone interview, I had the job; this was just a formality. I already read their website. This was so easy! I wish all job interviews could be like this! I did everything right. Looking people in the eye has always been my weak point, but I did it, no stress! My hours will be from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Mon.-Sat. .
I think it's a really good sign when they give you their personal work number so you can call if anything happens, or you have further questions.


Thanks for all the help! :thankssign :superhappy :thumbs :rockon

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:28 pm
by Allison
YAY!!!! I'm so happy for you! :superhappy :superhappy :superhappy :rockon :superhappy :party :superhappy :music2 :superhappy :handshake :superhappy :hugs2 :superhappy :grouphug :superhappy :loveyou (x1000)

K. I think that's enough... :D

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:21 pm
by Shann
Yaaaaayyy Deejay! I'm so proud of you and happy for you. :superhappy :superhappy :superhappy :superhappy :superhappy

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:42 pm
by deejay
I was starting to get burned out on janitorial--so maybe this will help. I have to fill out a time off request form when I go to work Thursday. But I have a very cool boss, so no worries.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:07 pm
by Shann
Are you going to keep working at your church job? How long is the other job for?

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:20 pm
by deejay
Since I have to take 3 buses, I can't work at my church job and Samaritan's Purse simultaneously. My shift would be from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with only Sunday off. That's why I would have to take a leave of absence from my church job. It's for about 8 weeks, starting in late November until before Christmas.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:42 pm
by deejay
Got a call from Samaritan's Purse yesterday. They pay $15/hour! I go in at 11 am Nov. 6th for orientation, training is Saturday the 23rd and Monday the 25th, and first day at work is the 26th. And I'll have Thanksgiving off. If we finish Dec. 21st, that will only make it 3 weeks, but hey, at $15 an hour, that helps!

At the shelter, they put in new paper towel dispensers, which have a crank. I haven't seen those since I was in high school (early 70s). But they're new, so I guess they're still making them. For 3 weeks there was no paper towels in them--we have hand blowers, but the last working one kicked the bucket. I came home Thursday, and finally there were paper towels in them! Now we just need soap. I found an open bottle of hand soap we no longer use while at work yesterday, but I was so tired I forgot to take it. I did speak to the janitor about getting soap this morning.

Wednesday night, I was sitting at a table doing puzzles when a staff member approached me, saying he heard I'd gotten written up,and my stuff had been rolled up. He asked if I'd just gotten my stuff back. I said that was news to me, my stuff was there when I left that morning and was there when I came home. This morning when I was getting signed in for the day, the staffer noticed that there was a "rolled up" note on the line with my name and asked about it. I told her what the other staffer had told me, and she called another staffer who said I wasn't on the shift log, and I was never any trouble, so obviously a mistake was made. In order to get written up and have your stuff rolled up, which generally also means you get temporarily exited, you have to do something very serious. And of course I had done nothing. Somebody goofed, so I'm in the clear. I wasn't worried, but more confused. But praise God it's all straightened out!

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:22 pm
by deejay
They are still having to write my name on the sign in sheet at the shelter.

Orientation was about an hour, and as I was on my way there--bus/train/bus!--I realized that to get there on Saturdays would be a major hassle, and require taking the 3 buses. I spoke to the lady who interviewed me, and she said, "You know what? I already have plenty of people on Saturday. How about if I have you just come in Monday through Friday to work?" :superhappy
I do, however, have to come in on the first training day on Saturday, but after that---!

Yesterday I went to a computer store to try to get my iPad fixed because it wasn't charging, and found they had moved. So I wrote down the new address, and went to Barnes and Noble instead. I've used them before, and not only are they very reasonable in price, they do great work too! They even changed their business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.- Sat.. So I'll try again soon, before I have to report in for work at Samaritan's Purse. If Metrolink trains have wifi on board, I can keep up with my email and sites while traveling to and from work.