A great story from one of our counselors, David, about a most recent success working with a talented individual such as Patrick Dunbar.
Patrick Dunbar is currently working for the Clean Machine in Charlottesville where he washes, dries, vacuums, and details all types of vehicles. I started supporting Patrick on January 21st. Patrick was diagnosed with ADHD, and he had an extremely limited work history. In a way, the Clean Machine is his first official job. When reaching out to other employers, some of the challenges that Patrick faced were not having a driver’s license, living an hour away from where he wanted to work which was Charlottesville, lack of work experience and limited education. It was my job to assist Patrick with obtaining his driver’s license, finding a job, and moving into his own place closer to town. Shortly after working with Patrick, I supported him with getting his driver’s license. This was a most joyous occasion for him. Patrick wanted to work outside, around cars, and with his hands. With these interests in mind, I spoke to the GM at the Clean Machine who ended up interviewing him and hiring him on the spot. The last piece of the puzzle will be to help him find his own place. Patrick is currently saving money from his new job so that this goal can come to fruition very soon.
The myriad of strengths that Patrick possesses contributed immensely to his success. He is a clean cut individual with a calming effect on people around him. Patrick loves animals and has a dog named Poopsy that is the world to him. He said he will not move if his dog cannot come with him. Patrick has an innate drive to succeed. He follows through on all of his commitments, works quickly and efficiently, never complains, and feels that no task is beneath him. He is a very honest and kind young man who has a pep in his step. Patrick said that he owes it all to his late grandfather who taught him from a young age to give it his all no matter what he did. His grandfather also taught him how to work on cars and live off of the land.
April 15th will mark one month that he has been at the Clean Machine. The General Manager, supervisors, and co-workers are all impressed with how quickly he learned the job and the level of excellence that he delivers every second of the day. The General Manager commented, “Patrick is awesome! I feel like he is an old soul.” Being successful at this job has given Patrick more confidence and a beaming sense of accomplishment. He realizes that there is nothing he cannot achieve if he works hard and puts his mind to it. It has been my privilege and pleasure to work with such an incredible talent. Patrick Dunbar is one of a kind!