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Shelter residents hope to find jobs before Christmas

Two shelter residents at the former Bahamas Academy campus yesterday said they hope to move out before the Christmas holidays.

Yverose Guewrear, 48, of Dundas Town, Abaco, told The Nassau Guardian that she wants to find a job, but believes the shelter’s curfew will prohibit her from being able to work flexible hours.

“If I find a night job, I can’t go because I can’t return to the shelter at 12 a.m. or 1 a.m.,” Guewrear said.

“So I want to find a place to stay before Christmas because it doesn’t make any sense having my children here with almost 150 people in one room.

“They want gifts. They want to be comfortable. There’s only one bathroom here for everybody, and there’s no kitchen. I just feel bad having her here.”

In light of this, she said, she would prefer to move out of the shelter first before committing to a job.

Back in Abaco, she worked as a housekeeper at Abaco Inn in Elbow Cay, a job she said she really loved.

“I just love cleaning. I always did,” Guewrear said smiling from ear to ear.

“When I was in Abaco, I was living good. I don’t feel comfortable in Nassau,” she said.

“I don’t have a job. I don’t have a car. I just lay in here every day in the shelter. There’s no TV, no freedom, and no air condition. I don’t feel comfortable at all.”

She said that she, her mother, and her children stayed in Dundas Town during the storm.

In the beginning, Guewrear said everything was fine until they heard a loud noise.

They soon noticed that a window and portions of her roof were ripped away by Dorian’s powerful winds.

“Everybody was screaming,” she said.

“I remember holding my 11-year-old daughter close to me, and everyone around me was crying and calling on God.”

Moments later, she said, the water began to rise in her home as more of the roof blew away.

When the water rose to their knees, Guewrear said her family began to make a run for it.

“Everybody came out of the house, but my mother is blind and she can’t walk like that,” she said.

“I made my way to Murphy Town to drop my mother to my cousin, but when I got there she was in the road.

“So, we ended up catching a truck to the Government Complex.”

Guewrear said her children are still shaken up by this traumatic experience, but continue to live life day by day.

While she is uncomfortable in her current situation, she said she knows God placed her in the shelter for a reason and for that she is thankful.

Roderick Taylor, 58, of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, is desperate to find a job before the holidays as, he said, he is tired of being idle.

“I wish I could get a job right now,” he said.

“I just tired sitting down. I like to work. So, it’s a little frustrating, but through the grace of God we’ll get through this.”

Taylor and his wife have been living in the shelter for nearly two months.

He said it’s challenging running around the island with no transportation having to replace multiple documents.

“All the departments want the same things one time,” Taylor said.

“You go for your National Insurance [card], they’re saying you have to get your passport first. You go to the passport office, [and] they want your NIB card.

“Then, for the voter’s card, they’re sending you back to NIB and sending you to the police station for police report. It’s a stressful process, but you have to endure it.”

He said he wants to get his documents in order so that he can begin searching for a job.

In Abaco, he worked as an auto body repair technician, but hopes to expand his horizons in construction or culinary arts, as he said, he also has experience in those fields.

Once he is back on his feet, he hopes to present his wife and her son with their replaced documents.

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