Since May 09, 2011 I have floundered from one disappointment to another in a seemingly fruitless search for meaningful work only to be confronted with the fact that once some potential employer finds out about my felony, I get a sometimes polite "No." Part of the problem is that I am no longer a spring chicken (perhaps a sprung one) and that a back injury suffered while working as a nurse and paramedic BP (before prison) was worsened by the quality of health care I received while a guest of the state. This precludes me from being able to do the usually starting positions folks in my situation gravitate to (dishwasher, manual labor, construction, truck driver, etc.) and had been hoping to take advantage of my previous professional background combined with my obtaining an Associate of Science in Computers while incarcerated to find some kind of office work. The level of my naiveté was matched only by the depths to which I crashed when, after over 400 turn downs and it seemed the only regular form of income I could expect would be from the Social Security Administration if I chose to retire early. Unfortunately because of my extended stay within the Department of Correction, that was limited to $700 per month.
One avenue that seemed at least a good possibility, real estate, is seeming less so now secondary to a steeper and steeper hill to climb to convince the Real Estate Commission that I am worthy of the trust involved in such a position. The folks at the company that would be the presumptive place I worked from have been extraordinarily helpful and supportive; some even to the point of helping me raise funds for the battle and including me in the family at the office. In many ways I would really enjoy working within this company, either as an agent or even in an administrative role (I am currently working in that role as a kind of unpaid intern which role I've really enjoyed). But as the delays until the hearing continue (what was originally scheduled for August, 2013 is now set for April 17, 2014!) and the bills continue to get higher (thankfully with my wife's salary as a nurse, we are able to just keep our noses out of the water), I keep wondering if this is the direction to go in and if there are any alternatives.
One option has appeared this week courtesy of another friend and I am scheduled to speak with the president of the company next week about the advertised position. If the interview goes well and I am offered this position, what do I do? It would be very different from that which I'd hoped would be my career as a real estate agent, but in some other ways somewhat more attractive (for reasons I won't go into here). If ever there was anyone needing the wisdom that only comes from God, I definitely qualify. Prayers invited and welcomed!