It is never too late to pursue new adventures in your life, and former Transition2Work participant Melissa is a great example of that. Beginning her Trucking career at 45 years old, Melissa took off on the road! On her travels, she developed her first novel which portrays the stories and perspectives of a group of women who meet at night school, with real-life stories she obtained on the road. Unfortunately, her experience took a turn when she injured her arm and was put on temporary medical leave. A couple of months later, while waiting to find out whether she qualified for surgery, Melissa was introduced to ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work return-to-work program. Her placement at Helping Hands of Humboldt gave her an exciting new purpose in her time of recovery. She met so many great people from staff to the local people in need. Once recovered she was given the opportunity to become a member of the nonprofit’s staff as Manager of the ReSale Shop. Falling in love with the people and the organization’s mission, she knew it was time to take another leap of faith in this new direction.

Watch the full video to learn more about Melissa and her Transtion2Work experience.

About Helping Hands of Humboldt

Created in 1955, Helping Hands is an organization determined to help the disadvantaged through “God’s love”. The Humboldt location was established “under God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11”, working to spread this message to all people, no matter what their circumstances are or background. Awarded the Non-Profit of the Year in 2016 by the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce, this organization continues to work with local businesses, universities, and municipalities to raise the funds that are needed to pursue its mission. Helping Hands of Humboldt provides the necessities of life for its local patrons who cannot provide such things for themselves. Care packages are frequently distributed with the help of volunteers and staff members. Their food pantry “Community Kitchen” is located onsite, offering nutritional hot lunches to the hungry population. Periodically throughout the year, the nonprofit offers a mobile food pantry service located at the town High School for those who can’t make their way to the organization’s facilities. Finally, to cover all the needs of the less fortunate, the Helping Hands of Humboldt facility includes a ReSale Shop that sells and distributes gently-used clothing, household items, and furniture.

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Listen to the full ReAudio episode featuring Melissa and her experience in Transition2Work.