Alex was referred to the Choice Group by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services in April 2016, and was paired with a Vocational Counselor. Alex had earned a diploma in 2016 from Ocean Lakes High School and participated in a Work Experience Program at the Oceana Commissary Bakery in Virginia Beach. She received assistance in applying for a paid position at the Commissary, and was hired as a Bakery Associate. Alex learned the position with help from her Vocational Counselor, and has worked part time for nearly three years, packaging portions of baked goods in support of the bakery.
Alex’s supervisor said that Alex does a good job, follows the rules regarding safety and proper procedures, and enjoys talking with her coworkers while she works. She receives high marks on evaluations from her supervisors, and her smile brightens the mood of all around her.
Alex has benefited from her supportive parents, helpful staff and management at the Oceana Commissary, and at 24 years old is moving toward independence. She has a second job as a helper in a local restaurant, which she enjoys as well.
Alex enjoys going to dances, visiting with family and friends, and is involved in many sports activities. She participates in TOPS soccer two times a year and also does buddy basketball in the winter. She is also a member of an adult Capernaum young life group that meets once a week and a local ministry church group that also meets one day a week. She works out, as well, with a personal trainer at home two days a week. We congratulate Alex on her accomplishments and her commitment to her work, social and personal activities!