Cameron's Heavy Lifting
Cameron and his counselor, Nancy, set out to find him employment with a goal of working in a hardware store. In May of 2016, he became employed at the Lowe's in Suffolk through the Supported Employment program.
Cameron is hardworking, reliable, loves manual labor, and cares about other people.
The challenge came because of his specificity about working in a hardware store. There are a very limited number of hardware stores or stores in general in his area of Hampton Roads. His mom drives him to work so he and Nancy had to look in Suffolk, Franklin and Windsor for positions. These are relatively rural areas with limited numbers of stores, especially hardware stores.
However, he found a job! Cameron is a Loader but often helps the team in other departments by collecting carts, helping customers load their cars, stocking, restocking, filling the water tank for employees, assisting customers, helping with any heavy lifting, and helping the team solve problems.
To help him stay on task, Nancy contacts him and his mom and managers monthly to ensure his continued success and to assist if a problem arises at work.
Since his employment, Cameron is much more sociable and is able to have conversations with strangers he meets on the job and is also more confident in his abilities.
In his free time, Cameron enjoys playing video games with his friends, spending time with his niece, drawing, and making music. He plays the keyboard and guitar! He also dabbles in photography and enjoys taking pictures of landscapes, animals and plants.