Hometown Hero: Skowronski goes all out for those in need
December 8, 2013
Many people have been down on their luck for one reason or another, and turning the corner can be difficult. Those who are struggling in Craig turn to C.J. Skowronski for help.
Skowronski works at Flint Personnel Services helping people find temporary employment. He calls his work at Flint a ministry, but one that didn't come to him immediately.
"I was the goofball kid, too, who didn't always do the best job," he said. "Now I see it from the other side and it can be very rewarding. It never ceases to amaze me the way this business gets me to check myself."
Skowronski's circuitous route to Flint started when his father bought the business when C.J. was in middle school. His dad later died from a heart attack when Skowronski was a senior at Moffat County High School, and it was debated whether the business should be sold during a stressful time for the family. Skowronski went to school but didn't last long.
"I came back and worked here, but I wasn't a good employee," he said. "Eventually, I started working here more and I knew I could do better. When I started see it in action, the way Flint could work, it is really rewarding."
He has been running Flint with his mother, Nancy, for the past few years. C.J. credits Nancy and his aunt, Jeanne Dilldine, for keeping his family strong through a difficult time and for keeping the business open. But since he has come into his own at Flint, C.J. has become a valuable member of the team.
"They all ask to work with C.J.," Nancy said of people coming in to Flint.
That's also because Skowronski goes beyond working only in the office. He takes his vocation past helping people at work and delivering more to those he sees in need.
"If you say you're going to help people, yourself has to take a back seat," he said. "And sometimes that's going beyond a business level. I'm willing to help with what I can do, whether it's giving a ride or buying somebody a slice of pizza.
"I really try to share with people, you're empowered through yourself to do what you want. If you're willing to make the changes, then you can."