“I love it here. I am able to go to work, eat dinner, and start working. And then I go home to my own apartment and care for my cats.” Two years ago, Rebecca was living in a group home in New Jersey and was working at a local retail store. Although she loved living there, she wanted to be closer to her family and have a cat.
When she moved back to Virginia and into her parents’ home, she wanted to find a job to start earning and saving money. That’s when she met Kate and the pair began searching for a job. At the same time that she was working with Kate, Rebecca was also working with her Case Manager to help find an apartment in Charlottesville. Together, Rebecca and her Vocational Counselor applied and interviewed for over 9 different jobs. And when Rebecca attended a job fair in Charlottesville with a food service company, she was offered a job.
At the same time she interviewed to work at the dining hall, she moved into her own apartment. Rebecca has worked at Runk Dining Hall at the University of Virginia for seven months and has made several friends. She adopted two cats (Pumpkin and Rachel), cooks meals on the weekends with her in-home support person and visits her parents on major holidays. “I love my job and the people love me.”