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Like so many people from Jacksonville, I’ll never forget my first-time visiting Maple Street four years ago. I was meeting with
friends for a small group, and I remember being very excited that they chose to meet at Maple Street because I had heard so many great things but had never tried it before. I walked into the Julington Creek location, and I was so impressed by everything about the experience. The food, the team, the atmosphere, and everything else just echoed their mission statement, “Help people, serve others, be a part of the community.” As a Jacksonville native, I love supporting local businesses, and from that moment forward I looked for
every excuse to go to one of the many Community stores in Jacksonville.
Since the beginning of 2020 I felt that I was being nudged in a different direction. For the last four years I’ve worked for my local church as a worship leader and although I still felt called to do that for the first time in my life I felt like it wasn’t supposed to be my full-time occupation. I’ve always known that I was called to be a worship leader and it’s a calling I know that I will carry my entire life but a still small voice began to speak to me and I knew that it was time to find something else as a full time vocation and let worship leading be my passion. This was a terrifying
process for me because I had no idea what direction to go or where to start. I started looking for jobs on all the job sites and I got several interviews and offers, but nothing was a good fit. In August of 2020, I saw the job posting for the Community Leader position for the San Marco location. I saw it, and I kept scrolling because I had absolutely no food experience and I didn’t think there was any chance I would be a good fit with Maple Street.
Then I felt that same voice speak again and I knew I had to at least apply. I submitted my resume and didn’t really expect to hear back from them. A few weeks went by and I tried not to think about it, but I found myself checking my phone constantly to see if anyone had reached out. Then it all happened in an instant. I got an email inviting me to several interviews and everything moved very quickly. I was scheduled to confront reality (a really cool process they do to help you truly understand the position before you move forward) and of course it was at the Julington Creek Community store, the very first Maple Street I ever went to. My last interview was with Scott and Alex, and I felt so at peace with everything. I realized through the whole process that Maple Street was a very special place, and their vision and goals lined up perfectly with mine. When I got the job offer I was so excited, and I knew it was exactly where I was supposed to be.
I’m so thankful to be a part of the Maple Street family, and I’m so honored to be the Community Leader for our San Marco location.
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