"I can do a lot when they believe in me..."
For Jessica, employment at Jamba Juice opened a world of possibilities. Through her job she has not only grown her job skills, but is an equal member of the team and doubled her hours!
“Jolynn, my job coach, is awesome! She is helping me to become a great worker at Jamba Juice. She also helps me teach my co-workers how to treat me like an equal team member. I can do a lot when they believe in me, show me and let me try.” Says Jessica.
Jessica’s mother, Joy explains, “Having a job that she enjoys makes her feel like she belongs, she’s needed, she’s valuable, and she’s contributing. You can see that in how she stands taller, her smile gets bigger and you hear it in her voice when she’s at work or talking about her job.” At Sherwood, we see firsthand not only the happiness a job can bring someone with disabilities, but a sense independence and inclusion as well.
“Employment gives Jessica a sense of purpose and feeling grown-up. She feels like a legitimate, independent working adult… because she is. THIS is the tangible result of supported employment that is a win-win for everyone” says her mom Joy.
Kyron's mom Jessica says, “He wasn’t taking any unassisted moves before therapy. Now he’s walking and his confidence has grown!”
“It is so fun to see what new skills Kyron develops from visit to visit. It was so apparent that family members were diligent in following through with strategies and exercises that were left with them and this makes such a difference!” adds Marissa, Kyron’s therapist.
As Karlene practiced her new job tasks her confidence grew and soon could work without the help of her Employment Specialist, she could do it on her own. That’s what we call success at Sherwood, But Karlene didn’t stop achieving. She grew more independent and learned how to do additional tasks, Karlene’s manager at MOD took notice and added days to her schedule: Karlene recently earned a bonus check for her hard work.
Mom’s proudest moment so far has been to see Zion finally able to drink out of something other than a bottle, like a straw and open cup.
Zion’s therapist proudly stated, “We wouldn’t see this overall progress if it weren’t for the family participation.” The entire family, including all his brothers and sisters, are active in his therapy sessions and the daily activities that promote continued successful development.