James has volunteered hundreds of hours serving the homeless population in Riverside. One amazing story was when he was helping a man with his resume at the Salvation Army. The resume was for a mail clerk position at a stock brokerage firm. Six years later while walking down the street in Denver, a man in a “thousand dollar suit” ran up to him. The man thanked him profusely for helping him get that job in the mail room years ago and now he is a stockbroker at a large firm. James couldn’t believe this man remembered him and was amazed how he had moved up the ranks over the years. James notes, “The few we help is life changing.”
After completing a 9 month training program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, James worked with homeless veterans at a local nonprofit. During this time, he gained knowledge in WRAP and led multiple small WRAP groups with the veteran population at nearby V.A.s.
In his search for additional volunteer work, he remembered Path of Life from his experience when he was a client in the Community Shelter. He applied for a volunteer position and began volunteering in the Employment Pipeline.
James has been with the Employment Pipeline for almost 3 years and has become an invaluable volunteer to the program. His continued pursuit of knowledge has driven him to become certified in Peer Support and WRAP Facilitation.
“Now I have the opportunity to bring those experiences and the lessons I learned to the Path of Life Employment Pipeline,” he said, “One thing I have learned is not only do we get back when we give to others, we learn also. I have learned so much and look forward to learning more.”
He is currently working with the Path of Life Behavior Health program as a Peer Support Specialist. We celebrate the dedication and passion he has for those we serve.