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Cheyenne local, Jason Pearl, finds opportunity amid a global pandemic

Updated: May. 23, 2021 at 8:24 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, some lost their jobs, some lost their financial stability and some like Jason Pearl lost almost everything.

“I kind of hit rock bottom; I ended up in Comea here in town and from there, my life has changed completely, and with their help and the help of the community, it has put me where I am at today,” said Jason Pearl, Cheyenne resident.

When the pandemic forced lockdowns, unemployment, virtual schools and jobs, Pearl had his three children full-time and lost his job.

Pearl was a single dad, unable to find a job that would provide for his family of four, so they ended up at a shelter.

The Comea Shelter was able to suggest resources and programs that would guide the way to taking the first step towards stability. One program in particular opened Pearl’s eyes to a whole new perspective.

Through the ‘Dads Making a Difference’ Program, Pearl was able to find direction in a time when he was lost. The program helped train him to be the best he could be. During the program, he discovered he had a passion for helping single fathers.

“We want to do something to where there are resources readily available, where you don’t have to scramble and do all this, we want to have it to where if you need help, you can come and do whatever the process is going to be to get help with whatever you might need,” said Pearl.

Pearl said, if the pandemic hadn’t hit and left him with nowhere to go, he wouldn’t have reached his goals or been given the opportunity to help others in the position he once was.

“I don’t know if my passion would have been as deep. Because I would have been working, and you know if COVID would had never happened, I probably wouldn’t be where I am at today. But it happened, and it benefitted me, and gave me a lot of time to do some soul-searching and find out what I really want to do. I’m 43 years old and I need some stability for my kids and I’m getting that now,” said Pearl.

Jason Pearl graduated the “Dads” program and received his CDL to help provide stable income for his family.

Now, Pearl wants to step it up and help people the way he was helped by sharing his story. Pearl aspires to be a motivational speaker so that he could make a difference.

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