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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Stevens Jenkins

Transitions bring opportunities

When was the last time you transitioned to a new job or position? Was it because you had no choice or because you needed a change? How did that feel? How many different jobs have you held?

I’ve worked for ten separate employers and each of them taught me something. My first job was with the Altama Delta Corporation, also known as the “shoe factory” in Darien, GA. Then, I worked for TG & Y in Hinesville. I was a shipping clerk for Ashley Manufacturing Company in Jesup, until I was laid off. I went on to Sara Lee Knit Products in Midway, making t-shirts. Maybe that’s why I love t-shirts so much and hate to throw them away! I have so many that eventually I plan to have a blanket made out of my collection!

Back to the subject of transitions; I held several positions at the DA’s Office of Child Support Unit. I've worked for both the Liberty and Long County DFCS as the office manager and with the family independence and social services departments. I’ve also practiced social work for GA Home Healthcare and Hospice, DaVita Dialysis Clinics, and a little over 12 years on Ft. Stewart. I started at the Army Substance Abuse Program and we moved into the Winn Army Community Hospital (WACH). After I fell in love with my job, God opened the door for me to start the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Live Oak Church.

Speaking of transitions, this month I ended my employment at Fort Stewart, and started working at the Veterans Administration. I’m experiencing both excitement for the new and a little nervousness. I will miss my WACH colleagues and the soldiers I served on post. I love the work that I do in serving people and I’m reminding myself that God is with me every step of the way. Life is full of transitions, voluntary and involuntary, and each gives us a fresh opportunity to trust God in the process.

Are you transitioning? Are you excited or nervous? Tell me about it. I want to hear from you. Let’s communicate. I’m here to encourage, inspire and motivate. Check out my other blogs at

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