July 1 at 6:14pm

Interfaith Helps Former Yoga Teacher Find Her Passion Again

IMG_1499Having a stable job is key to building an independent, stable life. By providing a “hand up” and not a “hand out,” Interfaith is able to help our clients get back on their feet and become self-sufficient by obtaining and retaining secure employment.

When her divorce left her with very little resources, Kristin turned to Interfaith for nutrition and self-sufficiency services. After receiving emergency food assistance, as well as help securing her EBT card, Kristin began to bounce around family and friends’ homes, before she and her two children moved into the Operation Hope family shelter in Vista. While in the shelter, Kristin began looking for work, but was struggling to even secure an interview after submitting her application.

“My kids were my job for the last ten years and I think that gap in employment was really affecting my ability to get a job,” said Kristin.

This time, Kristin turned back to Interfaith for employment assistance. She began working with an Employment Specialist, fine tuning her resume and running through mock interviews. After applying for a few jobs with her newly improved resume, Kristin got a call that a supervisor at The Glenner Memory Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit adult day care program for people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other forms of memory impairment, had received her resume and was very interested in having her join their team. Kristin came in for the interview and was hired on the next week.

“Without Interfaith, I would mostly likely still not have a job,” said Kristin. “They advocated for me and really sold me for the job.”

Today as a Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy aid at The Glenner Memory Center, Kristin is able to apply her previous experience as a yoga teacher by hosting weekly chair yoga classes for the seniors. In addition, she takes the seniors for walks, helps them with the machines in the exercise room and shows them how to stretch with resistance bands.

“I’ve been here for two months now and I really like my job; this is definitely somewhere I can see myself being long-term,” said Kristin. “I’m just so thankful.”

For more information on Interfaith’s Employment Program, please click here. If you’d like to help people like Kristin while they are searching for a job, please click here.