Persistence pays off for homeless man
MIDVALE, UT — Homeless just a few weeks ago, and now a full-time employee. Wes Gledhill never gave up in his efforts to provide for his young family. A couple weeks ago, he and his family were homeless.
He spent his days standing at the bottom of an I-15 off-ramp in Midvale, Utah with a cardboard sign. But when he ran up to a car window, he was not getting a handout, he was handing out his resume. He did this in the bitter cold for hours each day.
Now Gledhill spends his days at work in the warehouse of eReplacementParts.com.
“It’s very fulfilling,” he said. “I love having that alarm clock go off at 7 o’clock in the morning; that feeling of, just go to work!”
Gledhill’s resume indicated that he had worked at shipping- and receiving-type jobs in the past. That caught the eye of his new employers, who are adding staff for the spring. More than that, though, they were really impressed with Wes’s unorthodox approach of standing at the off-ramp.
“That really showed a lot of character to me and I thought, that’s the kind of person I want working for me,” says Michael Bruderer of eReplacementParts.com.