An Employment Success Story

By: Raymond Vannatter

My name is Raymond and I work at Bethlehem Retreat Center in Nanaimo, BC.

I have been working there for almost a year and a half. Bethlehem Retreat Center is a place where individuals and groups can explore spirituality, seek non-judegmental sacred spaces for contemplation, learning and community. Many people visit and stay for many days. I love where I work!

My job is to clean the rooms after the guests leave. I make the beds, take out the garbage, vacuum and help maintain the property.  Bethlehem Retreat Center is a great place to work because the people there are so kind and friendly.

They are flexible and understanding, encouraging and generous. We are like a big family. Having a job like this has been a dream come true. You see, at the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the digestive tract. I have been in and out of the hospital most of my life and have had many complications with my health.

I have not been able to keep a job for more than five months at a time due to my poor health until last year, when I started taking more effective medication. Since then, I have never been healthier! I feel strong, confident and the happiest I’ve been. I’m grateful for my health, happiness and job!



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