By: Linda E. Alberty, M.A.
Have you ever had a burning desire that always compelled you to want to do something, to take action, but you never really knew how to act on it? Well, that was me ever since I can remember, especially around Christmas time.
A few years back, I was invited to a Christmas party. We were all sitting around talking about something we always wanted to do. And that's when I finally voiced it, "I've always wanted to go downtown on Christmas morning and love on the homeless with food and blankets, but I never wanted to go alone. And I don't have anyone that would do it with me." Suddenly, someone replied, "I'll go with you." "Yea, me too," said another. There I was in great surprise! Within five minutes or less, Operation Jesus was being assembled right before me.
"Every big and admirable thing starts with a humble beginning. I like to think that is exactly how Operation Jesus kicked off back in 2012, and we've been doing it ever since."
Martinez Supermarket was recently featured on Chicago's Best T.V. show, an honor only the best restaurants in Chicago can tout. Visitors can see the award proudly displayed in the back taqueria section of the restaurant.
By: Linda E. Alberty, M.A.
BRIDGEPORT, IL -- Featured on Chicago's Best T.V. show, Martinez Supermarket, located at 3301 S. Morgan St., is known for offering one of the biggest and best burritos around (weighing in at whopping 7-pounds) and for becoming every meat lovers dream. And this year, Martinez Supermarket Owner, Jesus Martinez and his family, are an answer to prayer for Chicago's homeless through #OperationJesus on #ChristmasDay.
Monica Martinez (Jesus's daughter) will wake up bright and early on Christmas morning, even before most children awake to open gifts, to prepare 200 tamales and hand made tacos to be included in over 60 care packages. "My family and I have been blessed in many ways and it is important to give back to those in need," shares Monica.
Giving back is nothing new for the 30-year old family owned restaurant and business. Martinez Supermarket has been serving the Bridgeport community ever since it first opened its doors in 1989.
How can students who do not have straight A's, helicopter parents, or a "guide to success," navigate professional landscapes? As a first generation college graduate myself, I recall when I felt lost, confused, and at many points even completely unaware of the competitive world of writing resumes, networking, interviewing, and interning. For me, much of that credit goes to the fact I was (unknowingly) networking, identifying resources and reaching out to key individuals that helped me build leadership skills. I always asked questions that helped me open doors. This, blended with my personal mission of learning and helping college students, would lead to creating so many possibilities.
I was unprepared
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