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Prior to getting his job, Alex was involved in the training program offered through Goodwill’s Westwood Facility. Alex indicated that he wanted a job in the community and thanks to Opportunities for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (ODD) and Goodwill’s Employment Services team was able to begin searching for a job near his home. He was able to successfully find and secure a job very quickly.
Alex is definitely a story of full circle success that needs to be told. Alex trained at Goodwill’s Vocational Service Center in the Westwood community. He worked closely with peers learning a variety of skills which would help him to be successful in his future employment. With such a good experience through his participation in Goodwill’s training program, he was able to start searching for a job and it did not take he and his Employment Specialist very long to obtain a perfect match. Alex landed a job at Wendy’s serving the customers in the lobby. Alex has always been a people person so utilizing his excellent social skills in an environment like a restaurant lobby in his local community was a great fit. Alex knew a lot of the customers so he naturally took the job and is known for giving great service with a smile on his face.
Alex was thankful for Goodwill’s Employment team assisting him and enjoys working with his Job Coach Nick Burkhart. Nick has assisted Alex since starting and now happily reports that he is independent on the job site. Nick and Alex still share a Saturday together every now and then, catching up on any new tasks that managers have added to his job. Alex likes talking with Nick about all the new things he’s accomplished on those days.
Alex enjoys talking more and says he feels better after having this job at Wendy’s. When talking with friends and peers, he is proud to tell them all about his success.
“You know me, I like chatting it up with people. It is fun to talk and smile. I also hate dirty tables so making sure people can sit at a clean table is important…. I like getting paid too. I make a lot more now than I ever have!”
Happy Spring-Time from Goodwill and Alex at Wendy’s.