Positive attitude is the key to Stefan's success.
After working at Wal-Mart for 2 years, Stefan was ready for a new challenge and more responsibilities. Stefan reached out to his former Employment Specialist who helped him find his job two years ago and let her know he was ready for something more. Stefan started with Valence Surface Technologies, an aerospace product finishing company, in January 2019.
Stefan secured full time employment, including full benefits, working Monday thru Friday. With Valance he also has a greater chance for growth potential and career advancement. His duties currently include sanding parts to make the paint glossier, mixing paint and helping his co-workers lift parts. His favorite part of the job is the sanding because, “it gives me time to think.”
His manager Mike says, “Stefan makes a difference by having a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. He is here every day and is always on time. Stefan has become one of the best and most enthusiastic sanders we have. He brings attention to detail like no other.”
Stefan also shared some advice. “If you are going to work at a job you want to look at the positive.” He recommends having a positive attitude. It’s much better than going to work with a negative attitude.
Jasmin, the HR manger spoke about being a supported employer, “It means that we are able to open our doors and minds to an often overlooked candidate pool. What we’ve experienced so far is that these are often the most dedicated employees.”
“On a personal level, it is very rewarding to work with organizations like Sherwood that help to give opportunities to those individuals who may have a harder time finding a job on their own. “ Jasmin added.
If you would like to learn more about meaningful employment for adults with disabilities or are interested in hiring someone with disabilities, please contact Vocational Services Director Tania Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle's Employment Specialist says he is very spatially aware and with minimal direction, he successfully completes his designated tasks within his hour long shifts.
Having a job allows a certain level of independence and social interaction that can really make a huge difference in a persons attitude and self confidence. It’s obvious that Kyle loves his jobs and enjoys being a part of his community.
Sherwood’s Occupational Therapist began working with Everlee to strengthen her muscles by doing baby sit-ups and holding a crawling position.
Her therapist encouraged her mom to practice those exercises alongside Everlee to help get her ready to move. At 14 months old, Everlee began to crawl! It wasn’t long after that she had mastered pulling herself up and on to the furniture and was cruising around.
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.