March 1, 2015  |  Civic Engagement Detroit Social Capital Transportation

Sharon Burden

I knew that many residents in my housing complex, including myself, were out of work and I had heard a Meijer’s would be opening soon in our neighborhood. I reached out to my network to get more information on how, and when any job opportunities would be available. My inquiry lead me to my local State Representative’s office. I told my representative that I thought some of the jobs available should be reserved for residents of my community. The State Representative agreed and put me in contact with a representative from Meijer’s. The Meijer’s official told me that he would reserve a few employment opportunities for the residents in my complex so I organized an event in the club house of the complex where residents could get help filling out the online application. After job interviews, myself and 20 other residents from my complex got jobs.

In collaboration with my State Representative’s office, I convinced a local Meijer’s to reserve employment opportunities for my housing complex.

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