Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:
The signs are everywhere. You can see them when you’re walking down the street, driving along the roadways, and plastered on store windows: “Help Wanted” they say. “Positions available” they proclaim. It seems there is a post-pandemic shortage of people who want to work at jobs that are (mainly) on the lower end of the pay scale. In fact, many pundits and economists are predicting we are at the verge of the “Great Resignation”, where a significant number of employees decide to seek to change jobs and even careers.
These same pundits and economists offer a variety of explanations for this phenomenon. One explanation, however, seems obvious: the COVID pandemic has caused many workers to reconsider what is important to them and to their families. You can almost hear them thinking:
“Is it really worth the hassle and cost of going to work to get paid $8 per hour?”
“Boy, it’s been nice not having that long daily commute…”
“I’ve GOT to find a job that gets me out of this house!”
These folks are asking themselves the question that everyone, on occasion, whispers underneath their breath “Why bother?”
Are you asking the same questions? Have you climbed the proverbial corporate ladder, only to find that the view from the top isn’t worth it? Are you struggling with the competing demands of work, family and school, all while trying to maintain your physical health and spiritual growth? Are you using your wages to buy stuff that doesn’t REALLY satisfy?