My name is Rebekah. I’ve been in the service industry for over 25 yrs. I’m a single 44 year old mother with three kids, one (a 16 year old son) still at home. I’ve raised my children working in the service industry..waiting tables, catering, hairdresser, nail technician, etc. Before covid I was working at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in the restaurant as a waitress/bartender. I lost my job due to covid. I’m not sure if people realize how covid has affected this area and the service industry specifically. We are a huge tourist destination and a lot of us raise our families here in this industry. Chefs, servers, busses, restaurant managers, housekeepers, the list goes on and on. It’s been beyond stressful to not know what the future holds for me and my family. I’ve recently been able to get a job at Costco. Working at 4am stocking. The pay is much lower but I’m happy to have a job.
With my stress level at a ten I reached out to 211 to see if there were any options for me, this is where I was given the information about the Housing Resource Center . From day one Matilda and Alexa were beyond kind! Always there to answer my emails and always with kind and helpful words. Never once did they make me feel bad, or as though they were doing me a favor. They made it easier to ask for help and not feel embarrassed. I’m not sure how the HRCMC receives their funding but I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m so very grateful that our community has people and programs like this in place. Especially for times like these! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
Sincere and warm regards,