“Sometimes it’s like a support group,” Willis said. “One time I was having a bad day and it was like a therapy session for me.”
The exchange costs $20 to join, although potential members are invited to attend several meetings as guests for free. The group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and receives funding from members’ donations.
“There is never any pressure to join,” Waymire said. “We do prefer they join because it’s our only method of sustainability.”
And sometimes there are doughnuts. If a member lands a job, he or she is expected to bring doughnuts for the group to share at the next meeting.
“If people walk in and there are doughnuts here, that’s our signal,” Waymire said.