Devante Walker has been working with Rachel from The Choice Group since August of 2014. He participated in the Project SEARCH program, completing 3, 10-week internships at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he gained essential work experience and skills to obtain future employment. During his time with Project SEARCH, it was clear that Devante excelled in customer service. In learning this, Rachel and Devante began looking for jobs where he could use his customer services skills and interact with people, which he loves to do.
People are drawn to Devante’s outgoing personality. He has a great memory and can recognize people after meeting them just once! So when Devante got the job as a part of the security crew at The Funny Bone, it was a perfect fit! He works up front as the customers line up to come in for a show. He checks bags, IDs and stamps hands. Devante also monitors the showroom as comedians are on stage. He is so loved by all his coworkers and guests that come in, and he is able to remember those who have come to the comedy club before. He is one of the first faces you see when entering The Funny Bone.
Devante uses a wheelchair to get around, so when he started training, it was difficult for him to navigate the showroom at first. Once he got familiar with his work environment, he was able to navigate around - no problem! When first on the job, Rachel helped Devante learn his tasks, get familiar with the environment, and assisted in getting the accommodations needed to make the job accessible for him. She even helped him learn table numbers by creating a seating chart study guide! Devante is determined to continue to learn new skills and has very high expectations for himself. Rachel continues to support Devante through Follow Along services. She is available if any new training comes up, or he has any new tasks assigned he needs assistance with learning.
One of his favorite parts of the job is meeting many of the comedians who have performed at The Funny Bone. He is such a well-loved employee and has been working there for over 3 years now - a great accomplishment! Devante has an awesome sense of humor and fits in perfectly at The Funny Bone. He loves hanging out with friends and also loves playing video games and watching sports.