Employees and their families agree that AHEDD hasn't just helped people find and maintain employment ...They've CHANGED LIVES.
2019-2020 SUCCESS STORIES BELOW
Jack the Wrapper
Recently AHEDD presented Jack Stegeman with a well deserved certificate for his 16 years employed at Jack's Family Tavern! His job duties include folding silverware and making sure the parking lot remains clean. He is a very diligent worker, always folding the silverware neatly and at a steady pace. Jack’s coworkers are very supportive of him. His manager, Chris, and supervisor, Karen, even call him “Jack the Wrapper” for his silverware wrapping skills! He enjoys his job and is proud of his accomplishment of 16 years working at Jack’s. A photo of Jack holding his 16 year certificate hangs on the wall at the restaurant alongside of many other “jack” themed décor.
In 2017, AHEDD helped Chrissy find her dishwasher position at Menno Haven where she was for three years. She did very well, but realized she wanted more. Recently, Chrissy contacted AHEDD to request another job that involves more interaction with people. AHEDD’s Employment Specialist spoke to Menno Haven’s Human Resources and they agreed it was time for a new job for Chrissy as well. Chrissy now is a cashier and server in their new Café! With this new position came a pay increase and a more consistent work schedule which Chrissy really enjoys. Her Employment Specialist and employer say Chrissy is catching onto the new skill sets required very well! The best part for Chrissy, of course, is interacting with the residents when they come through the Café.
Brandon Meeting Goals
Brandon came to AHEDD with the goal of finding a part-time job after he graduated high school. Well he did just that when he was employed at Giant/Martins Food. His job duties include collecting carts, conducting hourly clean sweeps, bagging groceries, and assisting customers and his coworkers. However, his favorite part of his job is interacting with the customers. In fact, his employer says he is a very fun and reliable employee to have around.
Brandon has goals for the future to keep moving up to different departments throughout his career and hopes to stay at Martin's (or Giant) his whole life. Brandon said his job coaches have always encouraged and pushed him to keep pursuing his dreams! His employer thinks Brandon can do anything in the store if he puts his mind to it, so he has plenty of room to grow.
Both us and Brandon's employer just want to see him excel and it seems he is doing just that.
Whatever It Takes Award
Obasi Davis is an AHEDD participant who has been working for Service Management Systems at the Capital City Mall for a little over a year and a half now. In March, Obasi received the "Whatever it Takes" award from Service Management Systems! He was chosen for this award out of 1,400 employees! We want to send a BIG congrats to our participant, Obasi, keep up the great work! You earned this!