Kristina is a person with a very outgoing & bubbly personality. She always strived to do her best throughout school and transitioning into adulthood.
Her goal was to work in an office doing clerical work. neba was picked as her agency due to their reputation and overall success of gainful employment. They were hired to provide needed daily support for Kristina and to help her gain part time work with the hopes of becoming full time. Emily, as her job coach from day one, was always there helping Kristina put together and explain all that was needed for a good resume, and prepare for interviews. The search took time and eventually moved away from the clerical field as so few opportunities exist. The focus changed to retail and other areas. With each interview and rejection, came positives for Kristina and knowledge for Emily. Macy’s interviewed Kristina for one position, but hired her for another. She became a part time employee of Macy’s as a ‘Recovery Associate.’ She worked in a good environment and felt comfortable and felt like she fit in. Then, due to Macy’s restructuring, Kristina was told that she would not have a job after January.
Kristina was very saddened as she loved her job. However, the happy ending and my proudest ‘mommy moment’ was when Emily called and told me that Macy’s wanted to offer Kristina a full time job. The store manager had one additional full time position in “Recovery” and he hands down was offering it to Kristina. The other supervisors had also expressed their request to keep Kristina also.
To be recognized by so many at her job spoke so much to the type of person Kristina is. The key factors in Kristina becoming a full time employee are due to her proving that she was a good worker, has pride in what she does and always goes to work with a smile on her face and good attitude starting each day. The second success is due to Emily as her job coach and all the hard work she put forth by her commitment to her client and job.
Kristina is becoming more of an adult and Emily has helped her to grow and mature as she becomes exposed to more of life through her job. This is my neba success story. They Strive and Succeed!
By Barbara Fabiani
Mother of Kristina
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