Voices of Hope – Lee L.

One of the early graduates of Operation New Hope’s Ready4Work program, Lee Livingston completed the program in 2007.  As a young man, Lee experienced many interventional programs designed to help troubled youth, but remembers that “Operation New Hope was the only one that made the difference.”

After receiving the job and life skills training and career placement opportunities offered by Operation New Hope, Lee said he was able to get his “life back on track” so that he could cultivate a path towards success.  Ready4Work taught him valuable skills such as resume writing, how to research an employer, and the importance of confidence and truthfulness with employers. 

In the years following his graduation from Ready4Work, Lee went on to become a Sales Specialist at Duval Ford and Web Consultant for Web.com.  In those roles, he learned valuable skills involving customer service and web design. 

An entrepreneur at heart, Lee launched his own business, 3 G’s Grill & Soul Food Catering, in 2018.  He knows the importance of continuing education and building connections and recently completed the Jax Bridges program offered by the Chamber.  He says business is growing and he is “experiencing the joys and pains of owning your own business.  But I’m still setting goals.”  His current clients include Amazon, Centurion, Baptist Health, and various local churches and community groups. 

Wanting to give back to the organization that he made the difference in his life, Lee recently volunteered to become a Life Coach at Operation New Hope.  “Now that I’m in a place in my life where I’m accepting more responsibility, I was drawn to volunteering.  I got chill bumps remembering the power of Operation New Hope.  I want to be part of the legacy.  My job is to help somebody because I was helped.”

To have Lee Livingston cater your next event, contact him at 904.888.2516 or visit his website at www.the3ggrill.com.

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