I would have to say that I benefited from the foreclosure job, even though I didn't get paid. It might sound naive but life is all about experience and perspective.
Money's good too. But despite not having much of a paycheck at this time, things keep working out financially. Our home is not in danger. My kids have all of their needs met in a material sense. They're actually kind of spoiled. Not to say there aren't sacrifices but it's all manageable so far.
The main perspective that I gained from the foreclosure inspection job was a sense of how widespread the current economic crisis is. I have never really had a problem getting A JOB. But now, landing one is more like winning a prize. You can enhance your chances with connections and the right searchable resume words but don't hold your breath.
Foreclosure can happen to anybody. And think for a moment how that feels if you're lucky enough to not be in that situation: the intense failure, haunting anxiety, resentment of your neighbors who so smugly pay their bills. This perspective emanates from homes of all shapes and sizes.