Employment Story: Jamie

December 5, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Jamie Remembers: A Better Time

Growing up in a privileged household in Southfield, Jamie never dreamt that one day she would find herself desperately needing help. After a series of personal tragedies, combined with the recent global financial crisis, her life was turned upside down. In a relatively short period of time, Jamie lost both parents and a sister.

Then, caught in the severe economic downturn, she lost her job and eventually her home. Shortly afterwards, a serious health crisis left her facing a long, difficult recovery with no medical insurance.

With nowhere else to turn, Jamie remembered the local Jewish organizations that her parents and grandparents had supported an she made a call. Jewish Family Service, working in concert with other agencies, helped Jamie begin the long process of putting her life back together. She is still on that difficult journey, but she can now envision a healthier and happier future.

“There is just so much available to us now that it’s absolutely wonderful,” she says. “I don’t feel like I’m in desperation anymore, which is a great way to feel while you are looking for a job and trying to get back on your feet. Now it’s rebuilding and I know if I slip and I need something desperately or I can’t make a payment, I can pick up the phone and call over to Jewish Family Service or somebody at the Federation, and they’ll help me figure out a way that I can manage.”

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