Debra Neer was homeless at 23 years old and traveling from shelter to shelter. At one point, she even lived on the streets and in hotels. Debra needed a job in order to support herself and heard of CONNECT2Careers (C2C) from a staff member at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). At the time, Debra says, “I was doing it on my own. A lot of places want people with a lot of experiences. With the experience I do have I was able to communicate it with [C2C] and you guys were able to match me with a job.”

Debra’s job coach, Naomi, told her about a job fair for retail opportunities at Qualcomm Stadium. Debra called Naomi a few hours before the job fair and expressed nervousness about attending. Naomi encouraged her to be confident and gave her tips such as to bring multiple résumés and a notepad to take notes. With Naomi’s advice, Debra felt at ease and was ready to go.

Debra showed up to the job fair and the next day called Naomi to share the great news: she got a job! Debra was so excited, she and Naomi spent a half hour on the phone talking about her new job as a cashier at Delaware North Sportservice. Debra had previous experience in customer service and was thrilled to be able to apply that knowledge to her new role as a cashier.

Debra went to the job fair, got an on the spot interview, received and accepted the job offer, went to orientation, and started working all within one week! Debra reported back that her orientation went well and she was grateful for the hands-on experience she built. Things have been much easier for Debra since she found her job at Delaware North. “Now I am stable, I have an apartment and I am going to school,” Debra shares. And she isn’t stopping with this opportunity — she’s currently working with C2C to find a second job.

One of the many types of events Debra gets to staff are home Chargers games. Last year, San Diego Charger Kendal Reyes shared his first job story with C2C. Check it out: