In 2012, when I was finally done with the justice system, I made the choice to move forward in a positive manner. I enrolled in college and now was in the market for employment. I knew securing employment would not be easy, but little did I know it would be harder than I had thought. Applying for many jobs and explaining my gap in employment and my now criminal background, almost all of my prospect employers, would not give me a chance. I did not feel sorry for myself, because I knew that this was a consequence of my mistakes, but I did begin to become discouraged. I felt as if my educational background and previous employment history was erased by the stigma of having a criminal background.
One day, I was walking home from putting in applications to nearby establishments, when I saw a Liberty Tax waver holding a sign, "now hiring". I decided to take a chance, and I spoke to the manager and filled out an application. The manager, Mrs. Michelle, asked me if I would like to audition to be a waver. I said” yes." My chance finally came; someone decided to give me the opportunity to work and prove my worth despite my past mistakes, and having a non-traditional sexual identity. I was now employed. At first, I had my doubts and was nervous about being a waver, it seemed so menial, but the people at Liberty Tax treated me with respect and dignity. I was as much a part of the Liberty family as everyone.
I have been working for Liberty for two seasons, and plan to keep coming back. The people here at Liberty have become friends and family to me. I have had many opportunities allotted to me while working for Liberty, I have worked as a waver and still do. I have done marketing, helped around the office, and next season I plan on taking the classes and working as a preparer. Liberty has helped me gain a sense of pride, a steady employment history, employment skills and a great and positive support system. Liberty Tax has truly touched and changed my life for the better.
Author: Timmithy Longoria
Bio: I'm Timmithy Longoria, I am a college student and a proud Liberty employee. I am currently going to college to pursue a degree in Social Service and business.