LaShenda Williams was homeless and had been battling drug addition when her luck changed. Her guardian angel was Jackie Vandal, a hiring manager at Kroger, who noticed Williams had been spending the nights in her car in the Kroger parking lot.

Jackie encouraged Williams to attend an upcoming job fair. With some help from Vandal, Williams was able to complete the application. Once the process was complete, Vandal hired her on the spot.

“I’ve been here, actually this month, the 10th will be 10 months. You know it’s a great day!” exclaimed Williams.

“I love it, I get excited every day to come in. I can’t wait to see the workers who I work with. I can’t wait to see the customers,” said Williams.

Vandal is grateful to have her as an employee. “She’s a fantastic worker, I wish I had 120 of her,” she said.

“Let me tell you, she’s changed our lives. We’re more thankful, we’re more appreciative, we’re more happy, we feed off of that ethic and spirit that she has,” said Vandal.

“We are so lucky to have LaShenda as part of our Kroger family. Her uplifting spirit is contagious. She has made such a positive impact on her fellow team members, and so many customers as well,” said Melissa Eads, a corporate affairs manager for Kroger.

Williams says it is easy to be enthusiastic after all the blessings she has received.

“I was sleeping in a parking lot and looking for something to eat. Now, all my babies here love on me. No one abuses me, and no one calls me dumb and stupid. For the first time in my life, I finally got peace,” said Williams.

You will be happy to know that LaShenda is no longer living out of her car. She was able to her own apartment with a little help from her fellow Kroger employees and community leaders.