BALTIMORE - You've heard songs like, "Live While We're Young" and "What Makes You Beautiful" Songs from a group called One Direction. Tonight we take the right turn onto North Charles with a group that offers no cost career counseling and job search skills training. Maryland New Directions is "2 Good 2 Be True"
Directions, we are always taking directions. When traveling the road to success, sometimes you're forced to pull off, sometime your lane ends in 500 feet. All you have to do is make a U Turn and find you way to Maryland New Directions. Sonya Gibbs is a MND job coach, who used MND to get back on her feet,, "I never thought about passion for a career before."
Men and women who worked decades for a company, never thought they'd be on the work sideline for months wondering when they'd see a pay day again.
Grace Lee is the Executive Director and says, "Now there's opportunity for them to reinvent themselves."
Just ask Johnny DeQuair, "I left high school unable to read and write."
Some dig for gold. Here, they dig to discover potential. Johnny are you better off today? "Absolutely Im more skilled and more equipped."
Those of you who thought you were lost are now finding yourself at the keyboard, pounding out a way to make a living. Lee adds, "You have to know how to work a computer, even Target and Wal-Mart jobs are on-line now and thats where you have to apply."
Everyone you see is remodeling their life and soon one boss will tell them you are hired.
In this room you never hear the word never. Maryland New Directions works today as it has for the past 40 years.
Lee said, "Once they were welfare recipients, now they are taxpayers."
And whats it like to finally have a check to cash on a Friday night Johnny? "Its pretty good, I'm single but I want to be plural, so ladies, I got a job, give me a holler."
We are hollering tonight that Maryland new Directions is "2 Good 2 Be True". Finally we have followed directions.
If you're looking to donate this is a great program. For 15 hundred dollars a year, you can sponsor one person who because of you will have a new life.
For more information go to www.mdnewdirections.org
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