*UPDATE* Ronald has secured full-time employment as a machine operator and is very grateful for donors of the Holiday Wishes program. He just wrapped up his second week of work and has already asked to take on more responsibility in his new job. Congratulations, Ronald!
The holidays can be stressful for many of us, but particularly for families with little financial wiggle room. Fortunately, the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Pioneer Press have teamed up once again for the Holiday Wishes giving program. Holiday Wishes provides struggling families with gifts during the holidays, helping to stretch limited budgets and bring holiday cheer.
Among the 42 families selected by United Way to receive gifts this holiday season, eleven were nominated by HIRED. One of those families, the Schintz family, had a particularly challenging 2014. Responsible for the care of his two young children, Ronald Schintz worked hard to transition off of public assistance. He spent months juggling the demands of job search, school and raising young children until finally, he found an opportunity with Northern Iron and Tool. The job was physically demanding, and especially for Ronald as he suffered from congenital hip dysplasia. But it paid enough for him to become financially stable, so Ronald showed up for work each morning with a smile on his face. After only seven short months on the job, however, the company restructured and Ronald was laid off.
Ronald has found himself back at HIRED and despite his health issues, continues looking for work as a production worker in the manufacturing industry. As a part of the Holiday Wishes program, Ronald requested pajamas and cold-weather clothing for his two children, as one of their favorite activities is going to the playground. He’s also requested a pair of steel-toed boots for himself, which is a requirement for any machine operator position. Ronald remains committed to his job search and when he’s not filling out applications or meeting with this employment counselor, he soaks up as much family time with his children as possible.
“Ronald is going through a hard time right now and will really benefit from the help of United Way’s Holiday Wishes program” shares his employment counselor. “He is highly motivated to find work, diligent, and one of the most resilient individuals I have ever met.”
For more information about the Greater Twin Cities United Way Holiday Wishes program, please visit their website: https://www.gtcuw.org/holiday_wishes/