Bill worked for many years at Taco Bell as part of ODC’s Supported Employment Program. Unfortunately, he was laid off in early 2016 due to restructuring after a change in ownership. He was recently given the opportunity to try a temporary work experience at Quality Parts as a shop technician. Les, the owner of Quality Parts, was looking for someone to help him strip machines for parts, clean the parts for re-sale and help shovel snow on the property. Bill has worked for years on his own demolition derby car, so this is right up his alley!
When talking to Bill after the first day of his internship, I asked him how the day went, and Bill immediately said, “He’s going to hire me.”
Admittedly a little surprised, I asked Bill if Les had offered him a job.
“No.” he said, “But I saw he needed help lifting a box and when I went to help him, I could see it in his eyes.”
As it turns out, Bill was right! After three shifts at Quality Parts, Les offered Bill a job.