Unemployed turning to Durham nonprofit for help finding jobs
Posted June 2, 2014
Durham, N.C. — With state lawmakers having no plans to reinstate jobless benefits cut off to some of North Carolina's unemployed, many people are now turning to nonprofits, like the Durham Rescue Mission, for help.
That was the case for John Rush, who not too long ago lost his job and many close relationships after becoming dependent on pain medication that he started taking after a bad accident.
He had found himself at one of the lowest points in his life before turning to the nonprofit.
"(At the time), I really just didn't care anymore," he said Monday.
But Rush took part in the Rescue Mission's Back to Work program, a program that is growing and growing in demand.
"Everything he ever did at the mission, he did with a good spirit and a good heart, and he was always smiling, always happy," said David Cash, with the Rescue Mission.
The program set Rush up with a temporary job at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Durham, and soon thereafter, he was hired permanently.
"As the economy has been in such the condition it has been the last few years, unemployment has been a big contributor to folks coming to the mission," Cash said. "They've had nowhere to go. No family. No money."
For those without money or family, Rush says, a little hope can go a long way.
"They gave me the chance," he said. "I ran with it."