One of our biggest challenges at TLC is to find managers. When we find one we take care of him - or her. They are a treasure. We make sure they get time off once in a while. We try to give them a sense of job security.
But because we don't offer our managers a lot financially, it's difficult to recruit new ones. Those we do have stay with us because sobriety is their priority . Many have been with us a long time because when they lived on their own it was difficult for them to stay clean and sober. Their goal is to stay alive and enjoy life.
So a while back when we found a bright fellow who was full of enthusiasm and wanted to be a manager we started training him. He was a fast learner. He had a lot of energy and showed up to work on time. He seemed honest and had a good manner of dealing with the clients. It seemed a perfect fit.
But then this week someone noticed he was driving a new car, which he parked in front of the office each day. When questioned, he said it was his mother’s – that she was letting him use it because he was in recovery. It seemed a reasonable story, which later proved to be untrue.
As it turns out, he stole not only the car, but also the owner's purse and credit cards – which he used to fill the car with fuel.
And now he’s in jail. And we have a job opening.