Pam Hodges is a volunteer extraordinaire! She serves as a full-time Assistant Teacher in our Lovelady Center workshops, coordinates all of our mock interviewers and interviews, and serves as the project manager for our database development. Pam is using her retirement well to help others enjoy God’s Good Design of work for their lives. Read her story… “I retired nine years ago after a very rewarding 33-year career in the Information Technology industry. In the first few years of retirement, there were lots of ideas spinning in my head about how I would spend my time. Never before had I felt that I had full control of all of it. And while I was not sure which options I would eventually choose, the last thing I thought I would be doing was negotiating Highway 280 during morning rush hour for any reason other than a life-threatening emergency! But, here I am today, doing just that for at least two weeks of every month in support of the WorkFaith Birmingham (WFB) workshops!
I first volunteered to serve WFB as an interviewer for the students’ mock interviews every 2 – 3 months. That exposure to the work of this ministry completely changed my retirement life. Now, in addition to leading the mock interview team, I am also blessed to serve the WFB classes as a teaching assistant, and I am applying my technical management skills by serving as the project manager for the WFB software package.
The first WFB class that I observed allowed me to see how impactful the program is on the students. The methods taught are proven to be effective in helping the workshop graduates to obtain employment. The personal development modules assist the students in developing Biblical work ethics, which helps them sustain employment and advance in the workplace.
Many of the students come into the workshop with great frustration, fear, and low morale because their job search efforts have not been fruitful. It is such a joy to see their confidence restored as the students complete the program and get good jobs!
I know with great certainty that the Lord has called me to serve this ministry. This is the most fulfilling time of my life and I thank the Lord for calling me, preparing me, and allowing me to see the good fruit through the lives of the student graduates.”
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