Thank you to Sally Wolfish who recently hosted a Shabbat dinner for David with some fellow members of The Ladder Project Executive Committee. David appreciated the warm hospitality of Sally and her husband Larry. After dinner, the group helped David fill out a long, online application for a new job since David does not have wi-fi in his apartment. Good job team - he got the job!
We are proud to announce that David started a new job this week at Studio Movie Grill (SMG), thanks to Shearith Israel congregant, Joe Harberg. Joe helps SMG with its real estate acquisitions and made the introduction. Thank you, Joe!
To support David in his new job, we encourage congregants to make SMG at Spring Valley and Central Expressway their movie theater of choice and ask for David when they walk in the door. Be sure you tell the manager on duty that you’re there because of David. It’s an easy way to thank SMG for helping our project - and helping David shine in his new career. We are not sure which position David will be starting in, but he’s in training and feels bullish about all the opportunities. Here’s David at the culmination of the last interview that sealed the deal. (We only wish the person who took the momentous photo had held the camera still!)
When David started his first day of work this week, he was ready - in fact, he was the only trainee who showed up dressed in the uniform required by the company. Thank you to Lily Wolens, daughter of Laura Miller and Steve Wolens. Lily, who worked at The Gap back when she was in high school knew just when to pounce on the 40% off sale (mom got an extra 10% by using her Gap credit card) and she knew which clothes were best-suited for David in terms of fashion and fit. All that’s missing in this photo is the Studio Movie Grill button-down shirt provided by the company that completes the uniform. Although David is determined to refund The Ladder Project for the uniform clothes when he is able, we assured him that thanks to our goal of asking each congregant to donate $36 to the project, we are building our contingency fund to cover urgent essentials to help him, and others, get that new start in life. David wants the congregation to know he is eternally grateful. Between his new teeth (thank you Dr. Rowan Buskin), his clean bill of health and flu shot (thank you Dr. Lawrie Friedman) and his sharp duds, he feels (and looks) like a new man.
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