Susan's skills earn her Part-Time paid position

Susan started her new position at Pacifica Senior Living in Snohomish October 8, 2018. 

Susan has many skills that she has acquired through volunteering and paid seasonal positions. She enjoys helping and is always eager to put a smile on someone’s face. Recently her ES noticed an “Open Interview” event at Pacifica Retirement Living. ES was sure that they could use someone with Susan’s skills and background experiences. Susan arrived ready to interview and was excited to talk about her skills. 

The Executive Director invited Susan in to his office to talk to her and review her resume. He  was very impressed with Susan’s qualifications and offered her a part time position as a Housekeeping Aide. Susan was very excited about her new job and looked forward to starting it. 

Though Susan has only been at her job for a few months she is treated with respect and dignity. All of the staff know her and welcome her each day she works. Heinz will always make it a point to say hello to her no matter how busy he is. He always tells Susan that she is doing a great job and he appreciates her. 
Each shift Susan works she becomes more confident in her tasks and is learning more each day. Susan always greets the seniors as she is working and makes them smile. Her smile is very infectious and it is hard not to smile back at her.

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, 

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