Humans of Gliss Blog

Paulina - What Do I Have to Lose

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

Today we are sharing the story of our employee, Paulina. 

If you look back on Paulina’s life, you could say that it looked pretty “normal” for the most part. As many lives do, it hit a total 180. She ended up in a divorce and a complete life shift. The old ways that felt comfortable were now upside down and Paulina had to figure her life out all over again. 

She began navigating life as a newly single mom. Adjusting to the new ways of life, new routines and the ever-piling list of responsibili...

Lawrence - Have I Ever Had Struggles

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

“Have I ever had struggles? Yeah, life itself has been struggle”. 

Today we bring you the story of Lawrence. 

*In lieu of a photo, we have attached a quote about sobriety*

I have had a few struggles in particular that I can easily recall. One of them is a struggle that some may never experience in their lifetime - homelessness. I was homeless for six whole years. I didn’t have a place to lay my head at night for a while because I wasn’t making enough money. “Just scraping by” barely describes...

Jose - Clean and Sober

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

Today we bring you the story of Jose. 

Since Jose was young he didn’t receive a lot of help or guidance. He was taking care of himself completely by a young age and having to teach himself how to be a functioning human in society without any guidance. 

When Jose was young he would sell sticks of gum for money and sing at restaurants just to afford his school supplies. One day Jose found himself getting wrapped up in the slippery slope of addiction. Every day after that was a fight to just sur...

Jemima -Houseless to Happiness

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

Today we are highlighting Jemima’s story. We call this one “Houseless to Happiness”.

Jemima found herself in a situation that no one wants to be in - houselessness. She was alone, afraid and lacking security. As you can imagine this time in her life was uncomfortable; physically, mentally and emotionally. Sleep wasn’t consistent, her safety was at risk and she found herself fighting for survival most days. 

Jemima was recounting everything in her life and what led her up to where she was and ...

George - Finding Something New

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

“I have always strived to be someone who abided by the rules and stayed out of trouble. For the most part, I did that.” George told us. He was a prison guard in California most of his life and never found any joy in causing trouble or running any sort of risk. Maybe that sounds boring to some, but to others like George, you know that life can be just as fascinating from his point of view. 

Just because he didn’t cause any real trouble, doesn’t mean he wasn’t ever caught in bad situations thoug...

Genevieve - A Story of Determination

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

Today we bring you a story of determination - Genevieve’s Story. 

Genevieve has done a wide variety of jobs in her past, from working at a retail store to doing restoration. Her skills are plentiful and her work ethic speaks for itself. She is a “doer” as we would say. There isn’t any job too big or too small for her. About 5 months ago, Genevieve went through a bout of Planar Fasciitis. For those that don’t know, this can be very painful and often prevents you from doing much physical activit...

David - Some Tough Times

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

You wouldn’t know it if you saw David today, but he has been through some tough situations. David found himself houseless for a few years. The inconsistency of being without a home led him to start looking for a new way of life. During these years the stumbled his way into addiction. This was a way to escape his reality and ignore the world’s problems around him. All the while he may have gotten temporary relief, the problems started to snowball and didn’t stay far away for long.

David then fo...

The story of Cristian

By Gliss  -  June 3rd, 2022

Today we bring you the story of Cristian.

Cristian is an outstanding employee. We first met Cristian about 6 months ago and he has proved that he is an incredible and dedicated employee and team member. How did it get to be this way?

Cristian had a turning point in his life. A while back he has slipped into the slippery slope of addiction. Wanting and needing his vices to get through the troubles of life. One thing lead to another and Cristian found himself in a whirlwind of hurt. He lost eve...

Scott - a testimony of struggle hurt and confusion

By Gliss  -  March 7th, 2022

“I was feeling held back, but now I am 100%. I have high hopes for my life and what’s to come.” Scott told us in his interview. 

Scott has a testimony of struggle, hurt and confusion. He said to us “I feel like my story has a gray area. I was not ever hooked on hard-core drugs, or homeless, but I have struggled with addiction and addiction is progressive if you do not acknowledge it. I have demons I battle every single day. I do not want to feel alone in this, and I do not want others to eithe...

Today we have Jose's story of resilience and dedication

By Gliss  -  March 7th, 2022

“It was about 4 years ago; I was sentenced to some time in jail. At that point, in my life I was not really doing that great honestly. I struggled heavily with addiction and accountability. Lacking direction and support kept me in my ways for a little while, but that changed during my sentence. One day I decided ‘I don’t want to get out of here and go back to my old ways”, and I kept that promise to myself.

I served my time and reminded myself every day of the life I was going to create on the...

Analilia, a story of strength and perseverance

By Gliss  -  March 7th, 2022

We met Analilia about a year ago. She came in and shared with us that she was a single mom, just trying to make ends meet. She was eagerly willing to do any type of work to be able to afford her monthly expenses. Even though English is Analilia’s second language, she never let that become a barrier for employment. She will often pick up extra shifts and work overtime hours to help when needed and always has a smile on her face. Nothing she faced in life, kept her from showing up to work. 

At o...

Angelika's story is one that a lot of us will understand the struggle of job searching

By Gliss  -  March 5th, 2022

Angelika has lengthy work history, from doing lawn care to making beautiful handmade crafts (see attached photos). She is a jack-of-all-trades, and a real go-getter but had found herself upon the struggle of finding a job. It is worth it to mention that she is at the point in her life where she does not want to keep backing herself into short-lived jobs; she wants her career – the job that will carry her through the rest of her employment. 

Finding that one job that really inspires you can be ...

Sherri - a strong willed woman who has overcome an incredible battle

By Gliss  -  March 4th, 2022

Today we have the story of Sherri, a strong willed woman who has overcome an incredible battle. (And has an AWESOME facemask!)

“I have been through a lot in my life. The hardest battle I have fought was definitely sobriety. Back when I was not sober, I was fighting more than just an addiction. At one point, my using ended me up in the hospital. The diagnosis was related to drug use. As must as I did not want anyone in the hospital to know that I was using, they did blood work and saw the resul...

Victoria - A Wise and Empathetic Employee

By Gliss  -  March 3rd, 2022

Today we have the story of Sherri, a strong willed woman who has overcome an incredible battle. (And has an AWESOME facemask!)

“I have been through a lot in my life. The hardest battle I have fought was definitely sobriety. Back when I was not sober, I was fighting more than just an addiction. At one point, my using ended me up in the hospital. The diagnosis was related to drug use. As must as I did not want anyone in the hospital to know that I was using, they did blood work and saw the resul...

Travis - Consistency is key

By Gliss  -  November 3rd, 2021
Travis, a person you can ALWAYS count on for a friendly smile and getting the hard work done.
Travis had very little stability in his life, he reported to us. He wasn’t sure how he was going to pay bills because he lacked consistent work and even said “I know what industries I want to work in but without direction, I have no idea how to start connecting with them.”
He was longing for a few things in life to feel successful but most of all, time with his family. Because of his lack of st

Josh - Needing to provide

By Gliss  -  November 3rd, 2021
Josh, a trustworthy employee with big plans and a bright future ahead. 
Josh’s story may resonate with a lot of you. He had a lot going for him, but after months of searching for jobs, he found nothing. 
“Job searching can be extremely overwhelming when you are trying to juggle life, home, a family, etc. Not to mention that you need money to maneuver through your days.” 
We met Josh when he was on month three of job searching during a season where there weren’t many options availabl

David - Incarcerated to Employed

By Gliss  -  November 3rd, 2021
Today we are highlighting David, an incredible member of the team here and a great example of dedication and determination. He wrote his story in to us and we feel that this one is best shared from his voice! 
“GLISS is one of the first employers I met with when I got out of prison for 67 months of a 96 month set. I was going to be attending college soon, and I needed a temporary income until the next term began. Little did I know that GLISS was going to become so much more in my life than a

Carey - Clean and Sober

By Gliss  -  October 6th, 2021

“If it wasn’t for me finding these people, I don’t think I would be who I am today – CLEAN AND SOBER”.

Meet Carey, a man full of integrity and grit who always gets the job done. 

*Normally we would write these on the behalf of the employees we interview, but Carey’s words have an impact that we just cannot replicate.*

“Before I joined GLISS, I was homeless and doing drugs. I did not really know what I wanted to do at that point and time in my life. I was in a bad relationship and just did no...

Melody - Hard Choices

By Gliss  -  October 6th, 2021

"I was hopeless, ashamed and felt like I was grasping at straws".

Melody, a reliable employee who shows up to work every single day.

That’s not a title she has always worn though. Melody, a lot like most of us, was lost at one point. She was jobless, stagnant, lacked confidence and had a new grandbaby coming quickly. Life is funny that way, when you feel down and out, it seems like around the corner is a push to keep you chugging along. Melody turned to multiple agencies to find the work she ...

Cheyanne - Keeping a Job

By Gliss  -  October 6th, 2021

"I've never been able to keep a job. For one reason or another, it always ends."

Cheyenne, a dedicated employee and exuberant teammate. 

As a lot of you reading this will relate to, Cheyenne found herself at the end of job, after job. She has heard every line in the book: "Our production has stopped due to what's going on in the world", "Budget cuts", "Dissolving departments", etc. 

When Cheyenne came to us, she was discouraged and only expecting another quickly expiring job - she was thorou...

Joann - Leap of Faith

By Gliss  -  October 6th, 2021

Joann, a person of integrity, positivity and reliability.

Two years ago, previous to her time at GLISS, Joann was working the grave shift for a janitorial company. If you have ever worked that shift, you know how straining it can be to push your body to function on a schedule opposite of its natural needs. She loved her coworkers, but was feeling the ultimate burnout. With the end of her contract looming, she was forced to make some quick decisions.

In July of 2019, Joann saw a hiring event a...

Chris - Establish Yourself

By Gliss  -  October 6th, 2021

"Homeless, trying to establish myself while pushing through sobriety - I've done a lot in my life, but that required my all." 

Chris, a grateful, trustworthy and dependable teammate who doesn't let anyone get left behind. 

There will be times in life where you have to give every single day your absolute everything to make it. These times are what shaped Chris into the amazing person, employee, and friend that he is today. Chris was needing to establish stability in his life quickly because th...

Andy - Fresh Start

By GLISS  -  October 6th, 2021

Andy, a valuable employee whose work ethic speaks for itself.

We met Andy earlier this year, shortly after he arrived into town. He was new here and had moved with just his close family. Can you imagine making a life change like that during a pandemic?

Andy opened up to us about being alone since moving out here and having no idea where to even begin. He did know that he wanted this fresh start to be worth it, and to feel like he was a contributing member of society. He feared that he may not...

Humans of Gliss

By Gliss  -  October 5th, 2021

It is with great pride that we have launched a new campaign today called #HumansOfGLISS. This campaign highlights the real people behind GLISS. They are fathers, mothers, friends, neighbors and strangers.

GLISS’s mission statement is “we create HOPE by providing opportunities for people”. Here we want to create the opportunity for the community to share their personal stories, struggles, triumphs and successes.

After all, we would be nothing without our employees. Each one brings a new opportu...


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