On Tuesday, Carrie Kemeling started her new full-time in the Buffalo office of Stampede Global, an audiovisual and IT company that also makes drone video systems. A Stampede Global executive had heard about Kemeling passing out the resumes on the street and sent someone to get one before following up with her, according to Kemeling.
“This was not just the kind of company I want to get a paycheck from, but the kind of company that will help me grow,” she told TODAY.com while holding back tears. “They also offered me affordable health care and tuition assistance. I never thought I would be able to make it to college. This is the most amazing thing in the world.”
Kemeling had worked in the jewelry industry for seven years before deciding to quit after, she claimed, being passed over for a promotion. (Her former employer told the Buffalo News that she was not up for a promotion and did not have management experience to qualify for an opening for assistant manager.)
Kemeling said all the feedback she got during her time on the street was positive. “I had people offer me money, and I rejected it because that’s not what I’m after,” she said. “I was not about that, and I’m still not about that. This is my 2015 ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ story, right in my own little studio apartment in Buffalo.” (“The Pursuit of Happyness” is a 2006 memoir by Chris Gardner, a successful entrepreneur who had struggled with homelessness, that was adapted into a film starring Will Smith.)