Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kristin Is Keen On Her New Job

Kristin and Nancy began working together in June of 2018. Together they then found her a job at a local Pizza Hut in September of that year. Kristin was interested in customer service, food service or animal care so finding the position at Pizza Hut was a great fit. There are limited employers in her area so they looked at the few employers that were in her area and also branched out to Smithfield. Smithfield is the closest town with employers and that is where she found the job. 
Kristin is very friendly and easy going so it is easy for her to get along with everyone. Kristin is highly motivated to learn new things, which has paid off in her job as a crew member. She was hired as a Customer Service Representative, but now also serves customers and runs the register. 
Upon trying to place her in a job in her area, Nancy and Kristin faced a couple of other obstacles. Kristin relies on her mom to transport her at this time and has had a very limited work history. In the past, Kristin has had difficulty maintaining employment and finding a supportive employer. She found the perfect fit in Pizza Hut, and her manager Sonja has taken Kristin under her wing and given her a lot of opportunities to learn new things. Kristin is flourishing there and loves her job. Her manager always gives her great reviews when Nancy asks her to complete an evaluation form and is proud of the work she is doing. 
Kristin’s duties include, serving customers and taking orders in the dining room and also on the phone or assisting customers when they stop by for takeout. She also cleans and busses tables, washes dishes, takes down the salad bar, does some food prep, and restocks the buffet. Kristin is also responsible for running the register and cleaning the bathrooms, along with mopping.
Kristin receives follow along services; therefore, Nancy stops by monthly to check in on her and talk with her manager to ensure she is completing all her assigned tasks. Kristin has gained more confidence in herself and her abilities upon finding the position at Pizza Hut and has been able to save money towards purchasing a car. She says she is a much happier person having this job and a place to go regularly where people enjoy her company and good work.
In her free time, Kristin has her own beading business and goes to vendor shows to sell her work. Overall, Kristin is doing great in her current position along with running her beading business!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Derrick's Dream Job

Nancy NcNamara began working with Derrick in 2016, the same year he landed the job in which he currently works. Three years ago, Derrick was looking to work in the food service industry in the kitchen. Together, he and Nancy found a job at Anna’s Ristorante: Pasta, Vino and Pizza. Not having prior work experience and living in Smithfield where there are limited restaurants, Derrick knew he would have to start out washing dishes, which he does not mind. Along with dishwashing he has also quickly moved up to food prep, fry cooking and sandwich/ sub making. Derrick is very easy-going and personable, everyone that meets him likes him. His coworkers love working with him and think he is a great asset to the restaurant. He is hardworking and dedicated to his job which has made it easy for him to take on more duties and responsibilities. Nancy visits him monthly to check on his progress and has noticed that he has become less shy and had opened up a lot since he started working at Anna’s. Along with taking on more responsibility, he has also gained speed in completing tasks. When Derrick is not working, he plays the organ and piano for his church every second Sunday of the month.

Sean Is A Supermarket Superstar

Sean and Nancy began working together in 2014 where they were able to find him a position at a local grocery store. The store was then bought out, along with many others, and converted to a Kroger. Luckily, Sean was able to secure his position and began work at the Kroger in August of 2018. At the time, he was in the follow along program and Nancy was able to help him apply to the position at Kroger so he could continue working. Sean went into PES in 2018 so that Nancy could help him apply for the position and learn how they expected him to do his Courtesy Clerk position. Nancy helped him through this transition and then Sean went back into follow along.

When Nancy and Sean first started working together, he was interested in working in a grocery store, but there were only two in the area. Sean had to stay in the area for work because he relies on his parents for transportation, which was a bit challenging but ended up working out just fine.

Since beginning his work back in 2014, he has stated that “it has made me a more helpful person to others” and he has become much more sociable. Sean is easygoing and gets along well with others, he is able to efficiently and accurately perform his duties. Sean is very friendly and offers his help in various areas outside of his specific job duties when needed. Because he is so reliable, he is often asked to help out in other departments such as the produce department. Some of his job duties include, emptying the trash, collecting carts in the parking lot, bagging groceries and helping customers to their car. Sean also assists in cleaning the restrooms, reshopping items customers have not purchased, and stocking produce. Nancy continues to support Sean through follow along services by calling or visiting him at work once a month. She also continues to follow up with his managers to ensure that everything is going smoothly.

When Sean is not being a supermarket superstar, he enjoys watching action, adventure, fantasy and sci-fi movies. Sean also bowls weekly and is on a bowling league with his parents at the local air force base. If he is not watching a movie or bowling, you can find him going for long walks around his neighborhood or playing car racing and first and third person sci-fi games.