Our Participant of the Month is Patricia!
Patricia was nominated by her job developer for her commitment to her job despite barriers coming up. Patricia said these things helped her learn “you take care of them by calling and explaining your situation and asking for help.” Congratulations Patricia!
Full Interview Below:
Q:What led you to reach out to OOD for services?
A: I was referred to OOD from FCBDD for Career Exploration and Job Development Services after losing my job of many years due to Covid cutbacks.
Q:Why is it important to you to have a job?
A: I am a dependable person, like to keep busy, and I need to pay the bills.
Q: How is getting/having a job going to change your life?
A: I like to keep busy and having a job keeps me busy enough and become more assertive. By having a job, you learn to take care of things by yourself.
Q:What challenges or problems did you have to face to get your job?
A: My biggest challenges were some family and transportation issues. I found that you get to the point where you take care of them by calling and explaining your situation and asking for help. I am also learning to balance taking care of the house, paying bills and taking care of a family member, while having a job.
Q:How did Greenleaf help you with these challenges?
A: Greenleaf helped with the challenges by talking to the manager and being there for support. We are working as a team.
Q:What advice would you give to others who are nervous about looking for a job and working?
A: Be nice, friendly and polite. When you go to the interview, look nice, be presentable and have confidence in yourself. Stay in touch with your manager when things need to be changed.