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Meet Mr. Bourrage

Workforce Challenge

On December 15, 2008, Mr. Bourrage visited the Philadelphia WIN Job Center and stated that he was interested in applying for several available positions at East Mississippi State Hospital (EMSH) in Meridian, MS. A job counselor reviewed his skills and job goals and directed him in online job searching for existing openings. After carefully looking over the job orders, Mr. Bourrage stated he would be interested in applying for the position of Direct Care Worker with the Alcohol and Drug Unit.

Workforce Solution

Mr.Bourrage said, “That’s perfect! I can share my life’s story with the clients because I have been there and done that. I won’t go back any more!” He was given the green state application and asked to complete it and take it to the personnel office at EMSH on Tuesday between the hours of 2 p.m.– 4 p.m.

Mr. Bourrage indicated that he was eager to work with the Alcohol and Drug Unit for the simple fact that he could relate to the clients on a personal level because he was once just like them. He stated that he did alcohol and drugs for several years until one day he prayed for help because he realized the negative affects this behavior was having on his family and friends. At this time he has been “clean” for over two years.

Outcomes & Benefits

On the day of his interview with the personnel officials at EMSH, he was honest and shared his testimony with each of them about his own personal encounters and experiences with alcohol and drugs, and how his faith, pastor, family, and friends helped him turn his life around. After sharing this personal story with the personnel officials, he was hired on the spot for the position. Although he has since moved on to another position, the support he received from the Job Center increased his confidence and gave him skills and exposure to resources for conducting a job search.

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