Ellen Orniutz, the community education coordinator for Career Transitions, was on Dominick In The Morning today. Yeah, we talked about jobs in Gallatin County but we also talked about something else: Joy. The joy a person gets when they get a job.

Losing a job or being unemployed for a long period of time can be very sad and depressing, even though Orniutz tells the people who she helps train for employment not to worry, that everything will work out.

Some people see being out of work as almost a reason for not living. From personal experience, when I was without a job, I went into such a deep depression that everything seemed worthless. I knew no matter what anyone told me I would never work again. Who would ever hire me? I have no talent. I was ugly, stupid and had a face only a mother could love...and she was dead.

Orniutz sometimes sees that pain in people. I know I was just barely holding on. My cousin keep calling me and telling me: “Don't quit before the miracle happens."

I though she was crazy, I didn't want to live. It was over.

One day the phone rang. It was a major radio executive in California.

“Dominick, How would you like to come be on the radio in Sacramento and San Francisco?”

In 2.4 seconds the depression ended. I wanted to live. Live, love, dance, eat, sing. It was joy.

Orniutz, the community education coordinator for Career Transitions, was on Dominick In The Morning today. And it wasn't about jobs, it was about joy, the joy she told me people felt when she helped them get a job...joy.

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