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Impact Story | Kelloggsville Work Group

The students of the Kelloggsville Employability Work Group on their certificate day.

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Impact Story | Theresa White

Theresa White attended the Employment Readiness Workshops where she mastered the tools necessary and gained the confidence needed to find and secure employment. During the time Theresa was involved with the workgroup, she was fully engaged, learned a ton, and has since landed a job working for Enterprise.

Each of our Employment Readiness Workshops consists of a group setting where individuals work together to increase their employability. The meetings focus on resume preparation, job hunting, interview skills, job site accommodations all of which help develop the confidence to succeed.

After completing the coursework, each student practices skills they learned by participating in mock interviews. The group also works together to submit online job applications which can be overwhelming to do on your own due to the level of detail required.

“When participants work together and learn from one another, it’s that moment when you see a higher level of confidence that makes every class rewarding. Theresa is a great example of the hundreds of people that we have helped” says Denise Borges, Employment Specialist at Disability Advocates of Kent County.

Note: Disability Advocates connected with Theresa through Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

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Impact Story | Quinn Shideler

We are thrilled to share the story of one of our consumers, Quinn!

Quinn has, “wowed,” us with his determination and perseverance and we are thankful that our Family Support Services Program had the opportunity to play a part in his story.

Our staff enjoyed working with Quinn to develop many skills related to Independent Living. Our work included guidance to Quinn and his family in obtaining the needed supports while seeking meaningful employment, tips for working with other organizations, as well as strengthening and improving socialization skills. Quinn and his family were able to connect with the right services and get those services in place. Recreation was incorporated as well — Quinn attended Indian Trails Camp (IKUS) for the first time and absolutely loved it!

We are excited for Quinn as he landed his first job at his local branch of the Kent District Library. We know he is going to be a great success! Quinn’s mom, Allison, summed it up beautifully, “Without people like you all, I probably would have given up by now. What you do matters. A lot.”