The HVAC company gave me a chance

The HVAC company gave me a chance

When you’ve got a rap sheet like I have, it is hard to find a job.

  • For years, I was into hard drugs and when I ended up in the hospital after overdosing for the third time, I knew I had to make a change in my life.

That was when I wound up in jail for five years for a robbery I had committed while high. Being an ex-drug addict was bad but when you add in robbery, no one wants to trust you enough to hire you. I was going to different job fairs, but all they had to do was hear my name and they already knew of my past. I was walking by an HVAC company one afternoon and I saw a sign in the window for help wanted. I almost walked on by, but I’m glad I didn’t. I was heading down to the street corner to try to get high because I felt defeated. I walked into the building thinking that if I could at least get to talk to someone, I wouldn’t get high that night. Not only did I get to talk to the owner, but he gave me a chance. He told me he would give me a job working in inventory. I had to make sure all of the heating and air conditioning parts were on separate racks and I also had to keep every HVAC part separate. I worked one on one with the HVAC technicians and I gave them their work duties for the day. I worked there for three months when the owner asked me if I wanted to try working as an apprentice. That was a year ago, and I am still working but now I am an HVAC technician.

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