Ray Dyer-™s dreams of finding a better opportunity in the entertainment industry brought him to Georgia, but shortly after he arrived it became apparent those dreams might die here.
When the former morning show co-host left a successful radio career in New York for a marketing agency in Marietta, the last thing he expected to find was joblessness.
-śI had my acceptance letter, my salary letter, everything,-ť he said, -śbut I got down here and couldn-™t get in touch with anybody from the company.-ť
It wasn-™t long before Dyer discovered his prospective employer had gone out of business. With his wife out of the workforce, Dyer-™s family was left with no income.
-śWe spent a lot of our money just trying to make sure that the ends met and the walls didn-™t cave in,-ť he said. But even with help from friends, the accounts soon dried up.
At the suggestion of a friend, Dyer-™s wife sought help at MUST Ministries. The resources she received had become small luxuries for the Dyer family: a Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas gifts for their son, resume help and even a suit to wear to interviews. The help allowed her the freedom to finish her degree in network engineering.
Shortly afterward, Dyer landed a position in marketing for a local comedy club, and then his dream job as an on-air personality at V-103.7, an Atlanta CBS radio station affiliate.
-śEverything picked up because of MUST,-ť he said. -śIf it wasn-™t for MUST, I think we probably would have had to move back to New York, which was not an option.-ť
As a way of paying it forward, Dyer started Marion-™s Heart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing children with the resources they need to have a full childhood. He also spearheads an effort to collect clothing specifically for larger men, for whom thrift shopping can often be difficult, and the comedy club he manages conducts a yearly toy drive benefiting MUST-™s Toy Shops. -śI want to make sure that MUST isn-™t going anywhere,-ť he said.
Dyer also works as a motivational speaker, assuring his listeners that hard times don-™t last forever. He likes to remember a saying that has stuck with him: -śA step back is a set up for a comeback.-ť
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