Russell was referred to the Job Works Arundel Program by the Department of Social Services as a SNAP recipient. After working twenty-five years as a auto body and paint specialist in the automobile industry, Russell was forced to end his career due to health issues. Because of a lack of income, Russell felt the need to apply for benefits.

Russell attended and participated in the Career Corner workshops and classes that consisted of learning many techniques of how to obtain employment and succeed in a new workplace environment, as he embarked on making a career change. Russell completed the Workplace Excellence Series that consisted of completing ten modules that covered Respectability, Dependability, Suitability, Communication ability, Workability, Present ability, Adapt ability, and Write ability. Russell also attended weekly Peer Group sessions to gain knowledge of current and upcoming Job Fairs, Hiring events, and Job leads that would lead to employment. Russell was given the opportunity to construct a winning resume and receive clothing from the "Success and Style" boutique to add to his wardrobe to wear on Job interviews. Russell was offered full time employment at Lowes Home Improvement Store as a sales associate.