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Rachel is currently working happily in the community. Rachel came to Goodwill with a passion for work. She loved the idea of community employment and going to work each day and had already proven herself a dedicated and hard worker. Rachel needed Goodwill’s help to discover her perfect job match.
Rachel was looking at making a fresh start in the job market. Rachel had held several jobs in the past working in the food industry but none of them would offer to utilize her skills in a way she was satisfied with. In working closely with Ohio Valley Goodwill’s own Placement Specialist (now Supervisor), Katie Bibee, Rachel was able to discover a job site that would work with her to help find all of the jobs she was good at. Accepting a position at McDonald’s and now working with a team who constantly allow Rachel to try different tasks and push herself on the job has made a world of difference for Rachel.
Rachel’s successful placement was provided with help from Katie but her success in growing in the company is thanks to Barbara Parker from job coaching. Barb reports that she has worked with Rachel in the past and many employers would limit her to one or two tasks but McDonald’s provided lots of opportunities and managers were delighted to train and teach her along the way.
Rachel is grateful to all the success she had with jobs in the past but nothing has compared to what she is experiencing now. Rachel looks forward to working each day and gladly accepts all tasks assigned. A new confidence has emerged as her parents report she is overall happier now all around.
“I like to stay busy and I get to try a lot of neat new things I never thought I would be able to try. I work so many hours here which is great! I have friends here I didn’t have at other places. I work so much I even got to open my own bank account with all my money. I feel like I’m more independent now.”
*The picture shown is Rachel cleaning up after a big party let for the day. All that work in front of her and she is still smiling away. What excellent service!!!
Happy Holidays from Goodwill and Rachel at McDonald’s.