Jobs are hard to find in Colville, WA., population five thousand, in Northeast Washington State.
The Columbia River flows near this scenic spot of lakes and forests. The town has major industries; Hearth & Home, a wood stove manufacturer, began here in a fellow’s garage. Colmac Coil sends commercial refrigeration equipment all over the world. Hughes Craft builds fishing and sport boats. Vaagens is a big lumber mill.
Men have left their families to drive trucks for the South Dakota pipe line. An attorney and his professional mediator wife. left recently for Seattle to work in a big law firm. A former Microsoft employee had to say goodbye to her little home and go back to Seattle to be a receptionist.
A California girl with two Master’s degrees and highly-skilled at organization, left California a few years ago to live here near her parents. She made pizza until recently when her part-time working conditions left her too often in tears because she was told she wasn’t working fast enough and bathroom breaks were hours between.
The night she quit, her boyfriend put roses, fluted glasses and sparkling cider on top the hood of her car ready to share with other employees.
She quickly visited job centers and learned that a call center had closed leaving thirty people just like her looking for work, too.
Daily, going door to door in town, the goodwill Store’s manager was ready to hire her in November and wrote “Hire Her” on her resume.
Rent was due. She needed a job now and when she was considering one at an animal shelter, she said, “I have faith that God will put me in the right place.”
Then, she learned that the number of students in preschools were down and no teachers were needed there either.
When the former lawyer in Colville, now in Seattle, told another a area attorney, about her skills, they hired her as a personal assistant, a new position, at ten dollars an hour.
Faith can move mountains.