Working Through It

Published 03/23 2012 05:12PM

Updated 03/23 2012 06:07PM

It is a vicious cycle. People living on the streets struggling to find work. Work that would get them back on their feet. But those jobs are often lost when home has no address.
We spoke with a man who didn't want his name or face shown because he says if people found out he was living at the Salvation Army, his chances for finding a job would be gone.
''Everyone who's homeless is not because of our substance abuse, it's just real life problems.''
But he tells us that reason isn't enough for employers in the Capital City. Hundreds call the streets home. Those people are going through a very similiar struggle.
''Being productive member of society and having my own place...having a job...a savings account...being able to provide my children and grandchildren.''
Things people take for granted everyday don't come as easily for them.
People we talked to at the salvation army say they spend their days there, applying for jobs and building resumes.
But as soon as they write 530 N. 11th street on the application, they tell us they're chances for landing the position go out the window.
''I think a lot of employers need to look at the individuals...the person who their hiring and give them a chance.''
It's discrimination that the homeless face everyday. But for the man we spoke to, it's not going to make him give up on his dreams.
''I'm just one person who wasn't necessarily dealt a bad hand, but the thing is regardless of whether I was dealt a bad hand or not, it's up to's my choice.''
His choice that is pushing him to go back to school, and go after his dream of becoming a social worker.
''A lot of homeless people just like myself, aren't looking for a handout, a lot of us just need a hand up.''

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