By Janie Smith, OHIO Regional Leader, Founder, Author of HOPE BEYOND TRAUMA
December has been an exciting month for HOPE BEYOND TRAUMA. First I flew to Los Angeles to visit with Mark and Tori Baird, founders of HIREPATRIOTS in Big Bear City, CA. This small village is high up in the mountains about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It was about a four hour drive from the LAX international airport. The trip was even more exciting since my good friend, Dr. Virginia Moody of Moody and Associates, www.moody-associates.com from San Antonio, TX came with me.
Driving up the mountain roads reminded me of driving in Northern California in the Sierra Mountains to Lake Tahoe. Virginia and I enjoyed our drive and loved the mountain views along the way.
After checking into Nature’s Inn in Big Bear City, Mark and Tori Baird took us on the scenic drive to Big Bear Lake and then to the Himalayan Restaurant where we enjoyed delicious Indian food. We listened to the many interesting and great stories about Mark and Tori’s personal history. It was great hearing more about HIREPATRIOTS and how HOPE BEYOND TRAUMA could best serve our veterans through their FREE job board by serving our local OHIO Region.
Mark and Tori were great hosts and it was a pleasure getting to meet them in person. We visited them again at their house the next morning, listened to more stories and took some pictures. This great couple has helped so many of our veterans and their families since founding HP in 2004 in San Diego. Anyone can post a one-day, part-time and full-time job openings for FREE on the HIREPATRIOTS.COM job board. Many senior citizens love this service as they need help around their home. Hearing their heartwarming success stories of veterans really energized me to get this organization up and running in OHIO.
Thank you Mark and Tori for a great visit! It was a pleasure meeting you in person and it is exciting to be working with you and HIREPATRIOTS.COM.