All it took was a little time, and a little patience. Since 2011, David has grown from a man who had a very hard time dealing with frustration in the workplace to one who is moving toward community employment.
For David, one important step was participation in ODC’s Workplace Readiness classroom activities. There, he learned and practiced the “soft skills” so important to getting and keeping a job, such as those with which David was struggling – appropriate attitude, communication skills, teamwork and professionalism.
David first took small steps out of his comfort zone, participating in ODC community work crews at Figi’s, Stevens Point Brewery and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, just to name a few. Then, after careful consideration and encouragement, he agreed to a work experience at Goodwill, where he is training and practicing the skills he’s learned at ODC.
David is gaining confidence in his abilities, becoming more comfortable in community settings, and realizing that he will be accepted for who he is.
Congratulations, David, on your nomination for ODC’s 2016 Personal Achievement Award!