Brian was hesitant to look for work outside of his Goodwill family and support system. He tried a variety of community training sites, but was anxious about being accepted. Then, he began an internship working with his passion, and he knew it was the right fit. Now he works independently at a job he loves.
Jen works very hard to stay healthy. In spite of her emotional disability, she is able to live on her own, work and volunteer actively in her community, and manage her symptoms. Jen credits her success to therapy, medication, and support. She hopes that her story can help reduce the stigma about mental illness.
When Jeff began services he was very quiet. He did not interact with others and was very shy. During this past year Jeff made tremendous progress. Now he interacts with all his peers, jokes with staff, and initiates conversations. When Jeff began services with Day Habilitation, he didn’t know how to cook or use the microwave. In the past year, he learned how to cook his own grilled cheese sandwiches and assists with cooking activities. Jeff’s enthusiasm and attitude is an inspiration to others.
Danielle used to struggle with coping, anger, and communication barriers. She showed immense growth after taking part in an 8 week retail training program at Walgreens. Danielle demonstrated she could perform tasks independently, and deal with direction from her supervisor much better than before. Now, she takes pride in her work ethic and has a new sense of confidence.
Robert faced many challenges when it came to working in the community. He took a Workplace Readiness Assessment at a Goodwill store, where he found he could perform his duties and enjoy his work with a few accommodations. Once hired, he continued to show his commitment by communicating his needs around his chronic pain and mental health symptoms and even taking the bus to work when his car broke down.