Zero visibility. Snow Storm - Looking out the window of my flight heading back to Nashville - only seeing white. I've spent 2.5 months, in 7 cities, 4 states meeting hundreds of people during "open enrollment" helping them sign up for benefits offered through their employers. I heard amazing stories from incredibly hard-working, low-paid people. Stories of losing children and husbands to bullets from the guns of friends and gangs. Stories of losing mothers, fathers, aunts, friends to cancer. Stories of working two minimum wage jobs to barely meet the bills. Stories from single moms making $9 an hour with daycare bills of $800 a month, and medical deductibles of $3000.
With all the Shouting about not increasing the minimum wage, and how "those people" feel they are entitled, I wish the shouters could be in my shoes and have met these incredible people. The last location I worked at was a nursing home for the mentally ill and alzheimer's/dementia patients. I met with the nurses, nurses' aids, cooks, therapists, security, maintenance and all helpers. In order to meet with all the employees, I had to cover three shifts. To say I am sleep deprived is an understatement. I could not have done it without the help of three amazing people who worked there - Thanks to Keith, Rita and Kenneth. And now, time to zzzzzzzzzz.
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