MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - For Wyndee Sutton, it's a new year in the best way. We first met her about six months ago, when she'd lost her job and had to beg for money to keep her home and feed her dog.
Today, we're happy to report that Sutton is working again and says 12 On Your Side got her the job.
Sutton made her jobless plight public and the response was overwhelming. We got letters, gifts and job leads for her. It's been a long journey, but she's cashing paychecks now, thanks to one of those tips.
As Sutton looks at herself in the mirror before heading to work, she reflects on what this new job enables her to do.
"I can pay the next month mortgage. I can keep gas in my car," Sutton said.
We met Sutton in June, freshly terminated from a job of five years. Her employer let her go while she was recuperating from back surgery. Sutton resorted to begging for money to look for another job to hold on to her home.
"It's very difficult to come out and say, 'I need help.' It's humiliating," Sutton said.
Noticeable changes occurred in her appearance as viewers shared monetary gifts and food for her dog, Bo.
"Say our prayers. We said our prayers a lot when I was unemployed," Sutton said.
Sutton even job searched in person, meeting others facing homelessness or hard living.
"I think I'd still be pounding the pavement to be honest with you," Sutton said. "I have to say thank you to Channel 12, to the time and energy they put into helping me become employed."
Sutton is working at a Mechanicsville doctor's office. A staff member called NBC12 after seeing her panhandling. Sutton interviewed well and the unadvertised job was offered to her on her birthday.
"I work for two of the greatest doctors in the Richmond area and I just feel so honored to be working for them and so grateful for the opportunity," Sutton said. "I'm excited to have a job to go to everyday."
Sutton handles patient appointments, phone calls and basic office work. She says, she's at peace.
The staff person who contacted us says, it's a good fit. Sutton is also grateful to the community, her church, family and friends.