Ellen Helps Unemployed Mother of Five
Sheri Caine didn't realize she was about to see her dreams come true the night she hit the "send" button on a heartfelt email to Ellen Degeneres. "I've seen Ellen do a lot of amazing things for so many people, so I went to her website and thought, 'Why not tell her my story?''' said the laid-off, widowed mother of five boys. A few days later Caine's doorbell rang, and standing there was one of Ellen's producers with the keys to a new car, a new job, and a new life.
"We're all still quite overwhelmed -- but quite grateful," said Caine, the day after she and her boys returned from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles, where she taped the show with Ellen.
"Somebody give her a job!" encouraged the popular talk show host after telling Caine's story and showering her family with all of the famous "12 Days of Gifts." They included bicycles, electronics, gift certificates to companies like Macy's and Starbucks, and, best of all, according to her boys ages 5-15, a full-sized trampoline. Ellen asked anyone who has a job for this educated and experienced human resources specialist to contact her via Ellen's website. "This amazing woman deserves it!" she said.
And when you hear her story, you can't help but agree. In 2009 Caine was working full time as a human resources administrator in the Washington, D.C., area, raising five boys and working on her. Then her husband was laid off. Then she was laid off. Six months later, her husband died of a heart attack. Caine put her on hold, but she couldn't do the same with her job quest. Day in, day out, she searched and searched. "I've been told 'no' so many times I couldn't even imagine anyone saying 'yes,'" Caine remarked, with a catch in her voice.
A stunning offer
So she was stunned when her first professional "yes" in what seemed like an eternity came from someone so influential. "I'd been watching Ellen for eight years, (more so since I've been unemployed, of course)" she confessed. "But I never dreamed I'd actually be on the show."
She was truly astounded that evening, as the family was getting ready for bed, when her doorbell and her phone rang at the same time. On the phone was Ellen, telling Caine that she wanted to bring Caine and her boys to L.A. to be on the show. And because Ellen had heard that Caine's car wasn't working well and she wanted to get the family to the airport safely, there was a brand new Buick Regal waiting for her outside (hence the ringing doorbell).
That must have been some e-mail message Caine wrote, in order to get the attention of an international television star. How did Caine write something so powerful and moving? "I spoke from my heart," she said simply. "When you do that, you can't go wrong."
Inundated with opportunities
Caine has barely unpacked her bags from the Los Angeles show appearance, and is eager to start looking at the offers for interviews andthat producers say are pouring into the show's website. Producers are monitoring all responses very carefully, to make sure only legitimate inquiries make it through to Caine.
The talented, professional and experienced human relations specialist would ideally like to find a position in her field in the D.C. metro area. And since her Ellen experience, she feels even more passionate about one element on her employment wish list: "I'd like to be in a position to help other people," she says. "HR is that helpful link between employer and. After all that's been done for me, I'd like to be able to give back at least half of that to others."
If you know of a position in human resources in the Washington. D.C., metro area that might be right for Caine, please get in touch by going to Ellen's website. You never know -- you just might receive a thank you note from Ellen.
See More from Ellen
- Ellen and Portia's Holiday Photos
- Help Ellen End Bullying
- 'Modern Family' Star's New Gig as a Fashion Designer