By: Pamela R. McDaniel
Work gives individuals a sense of purpose and self-worth. For many, it defines who we are, and how we fit into society. Work helps improve individual and family finances, and it helps us connect socially. All individuals, regardless of disability, deserve the opportunity to be full members of their community where they can live, learn, work and play at every stage of life their life.
We are so proud of the people we support! Our supported employment specialist serve to help individuals find and maintain gainful employment in the community to create more fulfilling lives for themselves.
Larry – A Natural Born Worker
Day one of working at Moon Dumpsters, Larry’s supervisor was so impressed with his work, that he contacted the head owner. Larry’s supervisor reported to the owner, that Larry not only did his job, but he took the initiative to complete other task without being told. The owner askes to speak with Larry, and gave him the highest compliment telling him, “Larry, I’ve heard nothing but good news about you. You are the best worker we have hired in a long time. Keep up the good work!” Having this job makes Larry feel more independent, and responsible. “I am working to build my finances, and put my life back together so that I can get a place of my own. I feel blessed to have a job”, Larry stated. Regardless of what his background looks like, Larry decides to seek help, and move forward to better himself, and become a productive member of society.
Austin – Gaining Confidence and Building Skills
Austin has been employed at his first job at Goodwill for two months. Austin is diagnosed with Autism and suffers from anxiety, especially in unfamiliar places. Supported employment orientation/training helped him to have a good start with his job assignments. Austin’s supervisor is pleased with him and his work. Recently, she stated, “Austin is wonderful and a pleasure to have. Everyone loves him and he keeps all of us laughing. He is phenomenal!" Austin enjoys his job and is happy that it is a great fit for him. Working has improved Austin’s ability to socialize with co-workers, and build relationships that he would not have otherwise had.
Lana – First Job to Independence
Stuffing from a traumatic brain injury, Lana was total hands on when she came to the supported employment program. She started her first job at Marshall’s about six months ago, requiring prompts, redirecting, and constant supervision. After working with the employment specialist, we are happy to report that Lana is completing her task without being told. She has taken on more job task at work, allowing her to realize how much she can learn and do on her own.
Supported employment is about helping people with significant disabilities enter or re-enter the labor force. Individuals who participate in our supported employment program are encouraged, equipped, and empowered in the gifts, and talents God has placed in them. We pride ourselves on seeing ability, and not disability!