BY INDHIRA SUERO ACOSTA, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG – Most of Anita Lewis’ clients feel that she often sounds like their mother. Of course, there’s a reason for it. This woman, with a broad smile and bright eyes, provides guidance and advice to those in need.
Thanks to her job as an employment specialist at the Pinellas County Urban League, she works with individuals who are hard to hire. They consist of ex-offenders, domestic violence victims, substance abusers and the homeless.
“I have met individuals, male and female, that have been in prison [for] 10 years, 20 years. My position is [to help them find out] where they are now and what I can do to transform them,” Lewis said.
She strives to get to know the person and gain their trust. In her job, it’s all about building healthy relationships.