JP Donnelly Fine Art, Photography & Consulting Services
September of 2008-September of 2009
I was employed as a Direct Care Worker for the Center for Human Development, working in Partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (Westfield Detention). During my employment I learned the pros and cons of our current system of Youth Incarceration. I lost my job when my employer found out that I was attempting to run for the United States Congress as a Republican. I believe it’s because most of their revenue comes from State & Government Contracts and Grants. This is a field that leans Democrat. After they forced me out (I was not fired nor did I resign; I was no longer needed for my shift and was not given a transfer). This company's contracts and grants increased close to 10 million dollars the next year.
January 2004-October 2008
I was a Roving Officer with Securitas Security Services. My responsibilities were to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and to be present at any company site located anywhere in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. My tasks were to train new employees, oversee employees, and open new sites. Sites included, but not limited to Hospitals, Private Schools, Colleges, Aviations (military clearance), malls, night clubs, and others. During my time working in this field I was constantly challenged and regularly being placed working in areas of high crime. Most of the areas that I worked were areas that most people would be frightened to enter after dark .Working for this company allowed the experience of both working in/with high crime populations and with people of intense wealth, thus allowing me to understand the mindset of both populations. I come from a blue collar working middle class family.
Before Securitas I worked in a number of food service jobs, from being a Manager at McDonalds when I was in High School, to being a Server Trainer at Friendly’s; among other restaurants.
I believe that being a waiter is some of the best experience for a political hopeful/politician. When you’re a server you live or die by the service you provide. After all, a server makes only $2.63 an hour plus tips. Yes an Elected Official makes over $2.62 an hour, but they also need to offer services in order to keep their constituents happy in order to get re-elected.