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Woman finds roof, job interview

Alison Miller
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyDawn Rothschild shakes hands with general manager of The Home Depot Shane Monahan Tuesday after her job interview in Avon.

EAGLE ” Two weeks ago, Dawn Rothschild was living out of her truck with her cat, Diego, and working part-time for a local heating and plumbing company.

Life seemed a little overwhelming, and her future was uncertain, she said.

Then the phone calls started coming with offers for temporary housing and full-time employment that could provide some much needed money.

“Some people have been a little mean and not very understanding of my situation,” Rothschild said. “But many people have been very generous and caring, and I can see now that everything is heading in a better direction.”

After reading about Rothschild in a newspaper article about homelessness in Vail Valley, the general manager of Home Depot, Shane Monahan, said he was troubled to read that Rothschild has been having difficulty getting hired because simply because she is homeless.

“I’m shocked at some of the people in this community for judging her by her status in life and not for who she is,” Monahan said. “If they had just talked to her they would have found out that she seems to come from a good background and she is very genuine.”

Everybody can find themselves down on their luck at some point or another, Monahan said. He speaks from personal experience.

After playing major league baseball for the Seattle Mariners for three years, then for various minor league teams for another three years, Monahan said he was unable to find a job and nearly lost everything.

“I know what it’s like to have people judging you and not willing to take a chance on you,” Monahan said. “I had a very tough time until I found The Home Depot management training program, and that’s the kind of opportunity I’d like to give Dawn.”

Rothschild has been offered a customer service position at The Home Depot and Western Slope Supplies in Eagle, she said.

Offers of temporary housing have also been made to Rothschild.

“I have had some people offer to let me live in their home until I can find my own place,” Rothschild said. “Diego and I are living in a motel in Eagle now for a good rate, and we couldn’t be happier to be there.”

E-mails from people threatening to break into her truck and take Diego away to give him a better life were upsetting Rothschild, she said, and hopes the threats will stop now that they are living in a hotel.

“Things are getting better,” Rothschild said. “I’m looking for a happy ending.”

Staff writer Alison Miller can be reached at 748-2928 or armiller@vaildaily.com.

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