By Aida Basnight-Peery
I am glad that 2012 is over with, and am ready to move on to a new year with a new husband. Unfortunately, I am still unemployed. But, since I have a new last name, maybe I can find work as an Administrator Assistant or as an Information System Analyst. I’m an excellent typist and have soft skills, meaning that I can deal with all ages, different personalities and backgrounds. Selling Street Sense should be proof enough of my soft skills. My new husband has a disability and his income only supports his needs, not mine. So, my new marriage isn’t based on his money, but on the fact that we fell in love with each through mutual respect, friendship and companionship.
We met at the shelter and one thing led to another. But we are still homeless and still trying to find housing. However, that can’t happen unless I find a job so I can help pay for bills that I know we will accumulate while living in an apartment. My only income now is selling Street Sense. Don’t get me wrong, I love Street Sense. I love the new and older customers I have found during the two years of selling the paper. But, my status as a vendor is not enough to convince a property manager that I would be responsible enough to keep up with the monthly rent.
For two years I have pounded out resumes and cover letters, attended job fair after job fair and even walked the pavement throughout Washington, Maryland and Virginia. So, if anyone in the Washington area can find it in their hearts to help me find a job, I would greatly appreciate it. As the slogan goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”