The ability to be true to herself gives Molly the ability to recognize authenticity in others. Her patience and capacity to “think outside the box” are important tools to have in her work. One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Jubilee is seeing the accomplishments that the program participants achieve. When Jade, one of our program participants, was hired on as a full-time baker at Safeway, everyone at Jubilee celebrated. Molly was integral to this part of Jade’s journey. She worked with Jade to strip away her anxieties and uncertainties around getting and keeping a job. They worked through Jade’s anxieties, highlighting skills she had acquired through Jubilee’s training opportunities, and how she could apply them to her new job to be successful. Molly made sure that Jade knew beyond any doubt that she had a network of support from staff as well as her peers. Jade, who being a baker worked the 4:00am – 11:00am shift, would often stop and visit Molly after her shift. Her attitude was always positive with a big smile under her mask. Though sometimes on a larger scale these successes may seem small, every forward step is mighty.
Each storyteller featured in this series by sharing with us the extraordinary women who have inspired them, have in turn inspired us. Some of us find inspiration from direct, personal relationships. Others find inspiration from talented authors who often seem to be able to articulate those things that we feel but cannot fully explain. If we are fortunate, it is a little bit of both. We have conversations that inspire and motivate us to expand our horizons, or we have examples of people in our lives that we want to emulate. Though all the avenues that feed our inspiration, our hope is that we grow. In the words of Maya Angelou, one of the most inspiring authors of our time, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”