Erin Blasko | November 5, 2017
Towering above Notre Dame Stadium, Corbett Family Hall, O’Neill Hall and Duncan Student Center — part of the massive Campus Crossroads project — cast impressive shadows over the south end of campus.
But for 14 local women, the structures, comprising 800,000 square feet of classroom, research, student life, media, performance, meeting, event and hospitality space, are a welcome source of light on the otherwise dim path to financial security.
The women — clients of St. Margaret’s House, a South Bend day center for women and children who struggle with poverty — work for My Best Friend Services, a local cleaning company hired to mop, dust, polish and scrub the massive new buildings, as well as other renovated areas of the stadium, prior to final occupancy.
Jacki Elliott, owner of the business, hired the women earlier this year after attempts to recruit new employees through traditional means — print and online job postings and referrals — proved ineffective because of low unemployment and a tight labor market in the area.
Elliott had previously donated to St. Margaret’s house, dropping off old business clothes for the women to wear to job interviews.
But not until the economy improved and the labor market tightened did she consider them as possible job candidates.