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Aaron P.

Aaron P. works for the Corporation for Findlay Market (CFFM). He’s a hard-worker by nature who’s making the most out of the opportunities he’s given. He wants to find ways to use his story to bring people together. Sitting down with him reminded me to be more appreciative of all of the things life throws my way – good or bad.

 

ON FINDING WORK AT  FINDLAY MARKET

When I first started working here I lived over on the West End on Linn St.

 

To be perfectly honest, I was going through some legal issues. I was fighting for joint custody of my daughter. It ended up turning into an ugly situation: a lot of court battles, etc. and I ended up getting on probation basically trying to protect my daughter. It was my first time ever having to go through the system like that.

 

Since I was on probation, part of the stipulation was that I needed to obtain employment, so I came here looking for a job. Well, I was actually looking for a job at the human relations office where my dad used to work down the street from here. I ended up walking into the wrong building by accident, and saw this tall man who told me if I was looking for a job, then I can just send in an application to work for Findlay Market; so I did. It took about 2 months to go through the whole process – probably the longest 2 months of my life, but they finally called me back and the rest is history. I’ve been here for a year and a half now.

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Findlay Market is so historical and touches so many lives. It means a lot to me to actually be apart of that history—I just want to play my part in order to continue to make this place great.

ON THE IMPACT OF FINDLAY MARKET

Coming out of the West End of Cincinnati, I’ve had my fair share of experiences, but I decided to go in another direction in my life. I had this setback and now I’m starting life all over from scratch. I got my Criminal Justice degree in 2011, and I’m now a 3rd year paralegal student at The University of Cincinnati (UC) hoping I can finish some time next year. I feel like this job now is setting me up for something greater down the line. I have so many things I want to do and I feel like I’m finally headed in a good direction. I want to find ways to be more involved in the community.

 

Findlay Market is so historical and touches so many lives. It means a lot to me to actually be apart of that history—I just want to play my part in order to continue to make this place great.