Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In Other News...

In other news, a lot has happened in the past 2 weeks!  Yuta has officially been registered with the government to work (in the for of a SIN number), he has gotten a cell phone, found a job, and is really coming into his own in Canada!

We went to apply for a bank account a couple of weeks back, but they said he needed a sin number and some Canadian ID.  So off to city hall in downtown Windsor we went!  Getting the SIN number was a snap! Literally took us 10 minutes to complete all the paperwork, and he received it in the mail today!  We also decided not to switch over his driver's licence just yet, but instead went with a new standard photo ID card, which also came in the mail today!  After we applied for all of these things, about a week later we went back to the bank and tried to reapply for the account.  Which he now has.  Hooray for money in the bank!

The cell phone was a bit more difficult. Since at the time he didn't have a bank account, he's under my account.  But him having a cell phone has been a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.  I don't have to worry about him as much because I can always call him.

The job hunt was really easy actually.  We made him a resumè, and mom helped make him a cover letter, and away we went!  We handed resumès out at Kelsey's, Swiss Chalet, Starlight Diner in Belle River, and Mongolian Grill.  Our lucky break actually came at Mongolian.  He asked for a manager, introduced himself, handed her his resumè, and she took him for an interview right away.  He was gone for about 20 minutes.  When they came back, the manager, Jodi, asked if I was with him and told me that he would be starting off in the back kitchen, with opportunities, once he gains more confidence in his English, to bump out to the grill area and after that to waiting or bartending!

He's only on his second day of work now, but I can really see that he is happy to be working again.  He's no longer stuck within these 4 walls, watching tv or movies all day.  He can now go to work, meet some new friends, and talk with people who aren't me.  I'm so thankful to the manager there for giving him a chance!
Here's to a whole new future!

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