My name is Teddy Taylor. I set on to better myself because I saw our economy sinking, and it forced me to make a decision. I needed to change my career to one that offered better financial security because if I simply stayed as a maintenance man, I would never be able to afford a house, and I was worried that I would still be working by the time I was eighty.
I took a huge risk, made some tough decisions, and sacrificed so much to become a truck driver. I left my full-time job, my home, and my piece of mind behind to try and secure a brighter future for myself.
I first drove out to Texas to attempt to start a new life in a place I believed was safe. I lost my birth certificate, and due to the pandemic, I had a hard time getting a new one so I was forced to drive all the way back from Texas so I could physically obtain it. My vehicle wasn’t in the best condition, so I decided to stay in Nevada which in the end was the best decision.
I wasn’t at a loss as the state of Nevada offered a nearly unheard-of amount of support. I received shelter, food, and gas vouchers. Not to mention that my school was paid for with the help of the Community Chest. Not only did the community chest help me attend my CDL school, but they also put me up at the Nugget Casino in Sparks. I was only given a week or so, and my schooling was not finished yet. I had a week and a half to go. The Community Chest had done all they could for me at this point at which I then turned to other resources.
I called FISH for help because I had heard of them by dialing 211 to ask for help. I called them and told them about my situation. After hearing that I was trying to better myself they reached out to help. I was given a unit to live in, they provided me with food, shelter, gave me blankets, and allowed me to receive hot meals daily. Because of the peace of mind that they provided I noticed an improvement in my training, and I was able to obtain my CDL.
Despite the long drives that I needed to undertake I never worried about gas because I received gas vouchers from a worker development program. It really did feel like all of Nevada was supporting me at every turn throughout my journey. I owe this state, FISH, and the Community Chest more than I will be able to repay.
I love my country, I love Nevada, and because of the help that I received I can help my country with at least one of its problems-the trucker shortages. At the time of my writing this I am awaiting a drug test to begin working for Knight Transportation. I know I will pass, and I hope I will be able to at least contribute to the recovery of our country’s economy.
Thank you, FISH, for giving me a hand up, and thank you Community Chest for giving me so much.
-Teddy Taylor, a proud citizen of Nevada.