Beth's job coach, Christine, called me yesterday and told me that Little Caesars has laid her off. Beginning immediately, Beth is out of a job.
We just told Beth about an hour ago and she sat still and quiet while we explained it all to her. Then she threw her arms around me and sobbed. After a few minutes she stood up, said, "Now it your turn!" and she cried on Chuck's shoulder for a while.
The store got a new owner and she no longer wants boxes made ahead of time. Now when you go into Little Caesars to order a pizza, they will fold the box while the pizza is in the oven.
Today Christine and L, the store manager, spent an hour with the new owner telling her what an asset Beth was to the company and how great of a job she does at folding boxes, but she wouldn't change her mind. Beth was done.
Beth started working at a Little Caesars in a city about 45 minutes from where we live and she'd be on the bus for 2-3 hours each way. It was long and tiring but she loved the work!
Then they found a store much closer to home and she worked two days a week. Ironically enough, they just bumped her to 3 days a week. Although that was L the manager who did that. He was just as surprised at the new owner's decision as anyone.
Beth loved feeling like she was a part of something, loved texting everyone at the end of her shift to tell them how many stacks she did, but most of all she loved that paycheck!
After almost 5 years with the company, she's now unemployed. We talked about how her and Christine get to sit down and figure out where she gets to work next. We told her that now maybe her and Nick could go out on dates on Friday nights. And that now every Saturday she gets to bowl both games at Special Olympics! She doesn't have to stop after one game because it's time to go to work.
As I type this I can hear her down stairs squealing and laughing at whatever show she's watching. It'll be quite an adjustment but we know she'll get through it. It would mean a lot if you would please keep her in your prayers.