This job is really great sometimes. Last week one of our alumni walked in, rather early in the morning I might add, because he had the week off from his dream job. He wanted to come in and thank all of us for helping him out and giving him a new lease on life. His new job is up in the hills near Riggins working as cook for a guide company. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys waking at 5:30 in the morning and preparing meals for the guests. They are going to teach him to be a hunting guide as he settles in. He is on hog heaven. He hikes daily and enjoys the peace and quiet the mountains afford him. In short, he is happier than he has ever been. Our friend had competed for the job, as the owners interviewed people down in Boise for the better part of a week. He is well suited for the back country. There are two things that are even more gratifying than the fact that he has a job he loves. The first is that when he came to thank us for helping him out, he cried. It came from out of know where and caught me by surprise. The gratitude he showed us made the hair on my arms stand up and being perfectly honest, I cried a little too. It was a great moment. The other thing that made this all worthwhile is that he had the week off and chose to rent a hotel room near our facility so that he could A) volunteer his time with us for the week and B) ensure that he wasn’t near the people that had influenced him to make poor decisions earlier in his life. He had cleaned himself up and wanted no part of the old life he used to lead. I just thought I’d share this little story with you because his story is the entire reason we are here at Life’s Kitchen.