Uncle Bro was doing so well with Wendell that he asked Uncle Bro to work part time in his cafeteria. The only problem was that the cafeteria was located inside a government building and everyone who worked there had to complete an application and pass an extensive background check. We were not so sure that Uncle Bro would get approved, but we knew we had to at least try. The first thing that we did was pull his record and start dealing with all the outstanding warrants on his record. Uncle Bro had several J-walking tickets and another for not having a leash on his dog. When he did not show up for court; the tickets turned into bench warrants and started accruing fees. Aunt Dorothy paid one warrant off; however, Uncle Bro would not allow her to pay the other ones. He could do 10 days or so of time in jail to clear the others and decided to do that.
The next obstacle we encountered was trying to account for his work history and living history for the last ten years as well as identify references. For a couple of those years Uncle Bro was on the streets, so there was a gap in his living history. He also rarely kept a job, so the work history was spotty to say the least. The references were not much of an issue. We decided that the best course of action would be to tell the truth about everything, type the application so that it was neat and pray for the best.
After the application was submitted Uncle Bro received a phone call from one of the investigators. They talked for about an hour or so and Uncle Bro told her about how he was trying to put his life back together and what I was doing to help him. He said it was strange, but every time she called he would have just place a fresh $10 on his pre-paid phone. She called him on at least two occasions and both times they talked for over an hour.
Back in Memphis, the contract supervisor for the government building was working with Uncle Bro as well. Her name was Jeri. Jeri is an older Caucasian woman with a bubbly personality. She encouraged Uncle Bro to submit the application. Uncle Bro would say, “If it’s meant to be, I will get approved”. To everyone’s surprise Uncle Bro was approved. It was not until after Uncle Bro had been working for a few weeks, did I learn that Jeri was one of the Elders for my church. That’s when I realized that God was in full control of this situation.
To Be Continued ....
By: Angela Green
Ambassadors of Memphis