Stephen Clark says the two-month wait, long lines, and stacks of paper work were well worth it in the end.
"I've been out of work since February, and this just a great opportunity to take care of my family," said Clark.
Clark, along with about 60 other people attended group orientation for temporary jobs with the city of Birmingham.
Thanks to a 1.8 million dollar national emergency grant, people are being put back to work.
"Often times from tragedy comes a positive opportunity such as this. And we want to take advantage of every positive opportunity we have to put people to work," said Mayor William Bell.
And they didn't waste any time. Those who attended orientation were told to come ready with work boots, gloves and protective vests in hand. Then they were off to their work stations for training.
"We're gonna be getting some weed eaters for you all," said Clarks orientation leader.
Clark says the best thing he heard all day, because getting equipment in his hand means keeping food on the table for his wife and two children.
"Ready to work. Ready to rock and roll," said Clark. "It's been hard, but now it's a blessing, and I plan on doing my best."
He says he hopes his best turns this three-month temporary job into something more permanent.