Late this summer on my morning commute to the Lansing Delta Township General Motors plant I would notice a man dressed in dark clothing, walking along the road at 5 am. Day after day I would notice this gentleman.
I inquired of my coworkers, if he worked at our plant. Turns out he did not. I used him as an example in our daily safety meetings, to be aware of pedestrians walking in the dark. One morning I just made him out through my rain covered windows. The weather turned colder, and then snow. This man was always there, moving forward with purpose, obviously on his way to work.
My coworker and friend, Nancy Middleton Isabell and I were talking with each other one day about seeing this man. She stated she would find out what his situation was, and offer a ride perhaps.
Turns out, Nancy followed through and started giving this man a ride. Gjamale Kaver is a 29 year old, 8 year US Army veteran and is employed with one of GMs local suppliers. Nancy informs me that he is humble,thankful and dedicated to his job. (We could see that!) Gjamale lives 8 miles from his workplace. That’s 16 miles of walking daily. 16 miles in Michigan weather! On Sunday, February 1st through Monday February 2nd, we experienced a blizzard in Lansing. Gjamale Kaver walked through the storm to work, then was sent home due to a change in plant production, then called back in to work the afternoon shift for 4 hours, then told to report for day shift the following day. He did it! He’s committed! Just like his commitment to serve our country.
He told Nancy his goal is to buy a car to get back and forth to work. His hourly wage is a little over $10 an hour, that’s not enough to buy, insure, and maintain a car, plus pay rent and buy groceries here in Michigan.
Let’s get this dedicated young American veteran a car!
- Kelly Lusis
- Linda Glover
- Margaret Mingus
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