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An Aunt of mine on my wife's side is 67+, she's been n the US (legally) for about 12 years, she's held a job all 12 years and is thinking of retiring in a year from her current job. She works pretty much as a cleaning woman for a preschool in our area. It's full time but can be hard/heavy work.

She is uneducated, doesn't really speak the language but is hardy and willing to earn a days pay, I thought of crossing guard, as the hours would be about 4 per day, no heavy lifting and you get weekends, holidays, and summers off.

Any other job ideas for someone like her? Dumb as a rock, strong as an Ox but looking to take it easier, honest, loyal, dedicated type. She's from Peru South America so Spanish is her first language.
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Learn english in the country for 12 years its time to learn OUR language.
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Peruvians can't understand south Florida "Spanish". Good luck.
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If she knew english better she could have found a job as a translator.
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Learn english in the country for 12 years its time to learn OUR language.

If I wanted a pissing match I'd have posted this in the bilge. While I agree that she should/could have done a better job along this line she didn't. the area she lives is highly populated with Spanish speaking citizens so there is a built in crutch. fact is though that she became a citizen and works, pays into all the gov. funded programs and has never once drained from the public funds.

Maybe it's fair to say that the Anglos are worried that history will repeat itself and that the newer arrivals will take over as the Anglos did a few hundred years ago. After all English wasn't always the language of this land and many part were Spanish speaking long before they became English speaking.

So I'm pretty well aware of all the things she can't do, but am looking for the good people to lend an idea into what she could do that maybe we haven't thought of.

She could easily retire, take in the $450 per month the gov will allow her from SS then go on the take and get a gov apt, food stamps and medicare, but to her credit she'd rather not, she prefers to work for her keep.
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Learn english in the country for 12 years its time to learn OUR language.
Uncalled for in this situation.
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Did not mean to poke, just a suggestion she could collect and go on food stamps etc point well taken, By the way my wife is an american Indian with no benefits.
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If I wanted a pissing match I'd have posted this in the bilge. While I agree that she should/could have done a better job along this line she didn't. the area she lives is highly populated with Spanish speaking citizens so there is a built in crutch. fact is though that she became a citizen and works, pays into all the gov. funded programs and has never once drained from the public funds.

Maybe it's fair to say that the Anglos are worried that history will repeat itself and that the newer arrivals will take over as the Anglos did a few hundred years ago. After all English wasn't always the language of this land and many part were Spanish speaking long before they became English speaking.

So I'm pretty well aware of all the things she can't do, but am looking for the good people to lend an idea into what she could do that maybe we haven't thought of.

She could easily retire, take in the $450 per month the gov will allow her from SS then go on the take and get a gov apt, food stamps and medicare, but to her credit she'd rather not, she prefers to work for her keep.
I'm the director of facilities for a large non profit organization on the West coast and deal with similar situations with other organizations that are attempting to place seniors, 55 yrs and above back into the work force. Yes, some of it is Gov't funded but these individuals are not asking for a hand out, they are working for minimum wage while looking for permanent employment placement. I've had quite a few of these people sent to my company and ended up hiring a couple of them full time, they've been with me for years. I understand what you're saying, pm me if you want some information. I have respect for somebody that is willing to work instead of sucking our Gov't's tits, I don't care what country they are from or what language they speak. As long as they are legal and willing to work, I'll find a place for them.
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I give your Aunt a lot of credit. It sounds like she has done things the right way(coming here legally and working hard)and her work ethic should help her find something. Learning a second language as an older person is not the easiest thing to do. Since she has the cleaning background, any chance at finding a couple house cleaning jobs close to her home. It could be a couple a week so she could slow her pace? Or possibly some of the larger cleaning companies may be able to use her as a cleaning crew leader/supervisor so she doesn't have to do so much hands on. In our area crossing guards go through quite a bit of training, CPR, safety courses etc. It might be difficult for her.
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If I wanted a pissing match I'd have posted this in the bilge.
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Also, in our area we have Goodwill Industries stores and they hire a lot of people that have special circumstances. They take donated goods and resell in their stores. They are very community oriented here.
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Cook at a Peruvian restaurant?
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Thanks to all and no hard feelings Ocean Electric. She can't supervise (cleaning) because she doesn't drive and can't translate enough for any English speaking customers/staff. I didn't think about the CPR aspect of a crossing guard, I'd be afraid she's put a hole in some poor kids chest, she doesn't know her own strength and she's a BRUT, tell her that when you come up from the basement you want to rearrange the furniture and she'll have it all done by the time you come back, china cabinet included.

Being a cook is a hard, hot and dirty job that pays little for her level of ability. we have thought a bit about pairing her up with another individual or two and clean a few houses on their own or maybe just a little of walking younger children to and from school as a small source of income.

Mark Y I'll send you a PM in a few minutes, thanks for the offer. Another idea were thinking of is a Greeter at the local to her Wal-Mart, almost exclusively Spanish cliental and her English is good enough to give normal directions or answer most Wal-Mart related questions.

$200 per week is all she needs and more to support herself and live comfortably.
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Can She Bake? I know a woman same age same circumstances. She has a natural talent for creating pastries, Cuban pastries to be exact. Works out of her house and found a niche baking for birthdays, weddings, gatherings etc. The Gringos love Latin Pastries and you have to order in advance. She seems to be doing very well.

Another Idea is seamstress, can she sew?

There is always a way for a hard worker to make a living, just depends on their health and the amount of creative energy in them.

I wish her well
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WOW....someone I can really help!

OK, I have the perfect job for her, if she lives within 30 miles of a high quality Golf course. A private course would be even better, but not knowing how to speak English will most likely keep her out of the really high end places

Most all golf course's struggle to keep good quality help. Two jobs that come to mind for her would be the following:

1. Range attendant....constantley keeps the range clean and the area stocked
2. Starter...tougher if no English, but she may be ok if she can find a place that really needs a person who speaks Spanish.


Golf course's are always looking for help, because it's working outside in the FL heat which very few folks want to do.
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An Aunt of mine on my wife's side is 67+, she's been n the US (legally) for about 12 years, she's held a job all 12 years and is thinking of retiring in a year from her current job. She works pretty much as a cleaning woman for a preschool in our area. It's full time but can be hard/heavy work.

She is uneducated, doesn't really speak the language but is hardy and willing to earn a days pay, I thought of crossing guard, as the hours would be about 4 per day, no heavy lifting and you get weekends, holidays, and summers off.

Any other job ideas for someone like her? Dumb as a rock, strong as an Ox but looking to take it easier, honest, loyal, dedicated type. She's from Peru South America so Spanish is her first language.
You work for a railroad right? What about one of the contracted taxi services. Not much money, minimum wage and on call except for working yard shuttles. Easy work though. PTI is the taxi service in Roanoke. I wouldn't think language would be a big problem, most of the people who shuttle us around are dumber than a bag of hammers.
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I can see now why your neighbor doesn't like you
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She doesn't drive, no golf around and she's the worst cook in the family, go figure. I wish I owned a garbage company, she could haul trash all day long, she's just tired of the cleaning thing. She can mend socks, hem a skirt or pants but she has no business sense at all. She might do something word of mouth, I'll run the idea by her to see what she says.

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