Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

From Participant to Resource Partner!

Posted by meganmoriarty on February 22, 2010

At our Neighbors Exchange last week at Pembridge Apartments in Wheaton an amazing thing happened. Well, lots of cool connections were made that night and I’ll let Luis tell you about those soon in his post, but this one was extra special for me.

In our jobs circle, we had two resource partners: Fernando from CASA of Maryland and Didier from Montgomery Works.

Didier and Fernando

Now, when Didier first walked in, I knew he looked familiar, but we didn’t figure out the connection until later on in the evening when he casually mentioned he had been at one of these meetings before in Gaithersburg.

“Oh, as a resource partner,” I asked.

No, he said, as a participant!

And then we started putting the pieces together — his current boss, Barbara, came to the first Neighbors Exchange we did at Mercy Seat Chapel last March. He came as well (reluctantly – his mother made him!) and they met in the jobs circle I facilitated.

Barbara talked to him after the session and encouraged him to apply for a job opening with her at Montgomery Works in Wheaton. Check out this picture — you’ll see both of them talking in the right-hand corner!

Does that guy by the TV look familiar?

Well, he did get that job and now he was at our Exchange as a resource partner!

We were ecstatic to have him with us to let us know about the services available at Montgomery Works and grateful that he spoke French, so he could translate for Lamia.

Didier and Lamia

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