For Warren, breakfast at Our Daily Bread is more than just the most important meal of the day. “There is a real camaraderie between the staff, volunteers and those of us eating breakfast. Sarah [the ODB breakfast program assistant] just makes your day…all of the staff and volunteers are always courteous and helpful. It is starting to feel like I am sharing a meal with family,” says Warren.
Although currently staying at a code blue shelter, Warren says, “I am thankful God wakes me up each morning. I always taught my children you have to get back up and try again, and never give up. Each day is another day I have to try to advance myself.”
Warren eats breakfast at Our Daily Bread 3 or 4 times a week before heading to his part-time job at a local catering company. Being able to eat at Our Daily Bread a few times a week helps him put more money towards paying his bills and sustain on the modest income from his part time job.
In additional to enjoying breakfast, Warren is also taking advantage of other services at the Our Daily Bread Employment Center. Warren regularly attends Jobs Club where he is working on advancing his computer skills and building a resume. He is also working with case managers to learn more about expunging previous criminal convictions from his record, so he will not be held back from further employment opportunities. “People need to ask what they are going to do for themselves,” says Warren, “I am grateful that ODBEC is here to help me begin to help myself.”