Nearly 30 years ago, two brothers came to AtWork! hoping to find a place to belong and contribute with their talents and skills. At that time, AtWork! had a janitorial service where these two brothers were able to use their talents and skills to provide great service and at the same time, learn valuable customer service and working environment skills that could someday translate into a community job. As time passed, these two brothers found themselves in a comfortable, yet still isolated environment and AtWork!'s philosophy and mission shifted to the more progressive model we have today - one where everyone's goal is to find a community supported, and integrated work relationship. AtWork! no longer operates a janitorial service and these brothers, Daniel and David have turned their focus, just as AtWork! has, to community supported job placements.
|Dan is a valued employee at Juanita Collision Center |
Daniel had previously worked for AtWork!'s janitorial service and learned very marketable skills there. He worked for AtWork! for over a decade but became dependent on the supportive/non -integrated work environment. Dan became reliant on the provided transportation and atypical work standards. Once Dan started his new job these barriers were no longer an issue, Dan simply needed to gain confidence in his ability to work and participate independently. We are happy to report that Daniel is now working at Juanita Collision Center. He works 3 days a week for about 2-3 hours per day. Daniel rides the metro bus to and from work every day. His job tasks include emptying all of the 15-20 garbage cans around the property and sweeping the 2 auto body shops. He used his first paycheck to buy his mother a Christmas present and she was thrilled. Daniel feels happy to be able to help his mother financially as well as have the opportunity to socialize and get out of the house. Daniel was bored when he didn't have a job and now he has something to look forward to during the week.
Juanita Collision Center has been incredibly supportive of Daniel as well as AtWork!'s mission. This has been a very positive experience for Daniel because of their willingness to try something new and support an incredible member of their community. The owners have been very open to the process of hiring a person with a disability as well as supporting Daniel as an individual. Pete treats Daniel like any other employee and is very kind and patient with him, never pushing him too much but always giving him room to grow.
As for David, he will be following in his brother's footsteps very shortly. The bad economy has been David's biggest obstacle. David and his employment consultant are working out an agreement for him to be hired by a local company. His job would be to take care of the used garbage cans that get brought into the shop for various reasons. David will organize them accordingly and decide whether the broken ones can be fixed. The company's plan is for David to eventually move beyond sorting and learn how to fix the broken cans and even get licensed to drive the forklift. David will be a great asset to this company. He has an incredible work ethic and wants to work more than anything. He is very smart and enjoys talking about things like politics. He spends a lot of time on his computer and he buys and sells western movies online for a hobby. David is an amazing and talented individual and he deserves to have a job that he enjoys and that will provide him with the freedom to continue to live on his own. In the end, isn't that what we all want?