A Kroger grocery store in Nashville has hired a woman who slept in its parking lot for one year.
LaShenda Williams, in an interview with USA Today said she has faced struggles with drug addiction, and that she spent her nights at a Nashville Kroger in her car, after driving around different areas all through the day
Williams said, while in an interview with Today that:
“I would lean my seat all the way back so no one would see me because, you know, I knew I wasn’t supposed to be there.”
Last year ending, manager at Krogers, Jackie Vandal noticed her condition and advised her to come for a job fair.
During the job fair, Williams revealed that she would have to fill an online application. She later came in carrying an old laptop and requested where she could plug it in.
Williams got some assistance from Vandal while filling the application. This took a few hours, and immediately after Vandal noticed that she had applied successfully, he hired her immediately.
Since December, Williams has been working there, and after getting some assistance from her fellow employees at Kroger, as well as some community leaders, she now owns an apartment.
Vandal, in an interview with WKRN, revealed saying that: “She’s a fantastic worker; I wish I had 120 of her.”
Melissa Eads, who is the Kroger Nashville Division’s corporate affairs manager in an interview with Today said that:
“We are so lucky to have Lashenda as part of our Kroger family. Her uplifting spirit is contagious. She has made such a positive impact on her fellow team members and so many customers as well.“
Williams revealed that after all that happened, it is very easy to be enthusiastic. In an interview with USA Today, she said:
“I was sleeping in a parking lot and looking for something to eat. Now, all my babies here love on me. No one abuses me, and no one calls me dumb and stupid. For the first time in my life, I finally got peace.“
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