Transition & Employment, & Success!

During the pandemic, how and where we serve our clients has changed considerably. Much of what we did in person has become virtual. Some of it is hybrid, with some services done in person and some done virtually. Despite the issues caused by these changes, and everything else that went with the pandemic, the people who come to us for help finding employment have had many successes.

Because of her health conditions, one person looking for employment could not pursue work that took her outside her home. After several stalled attempts to find appropriate work, she began working with Ron Taylor, an Employment Specialist with Easter Seals Greater Houston. With his help, she was found employment with Walgreen’s processing online prescription requests. She was able to gain help from her Texas Workforce Commission Counselor to find office furniture for her home, and from Easter Seals Houston in obtaining a suitable computer for the work she was doing. She has been working for Walgreen’s for a year and is well established as an employee with the company. She can now pay her own way in life without outside assistance and is looking forward to working with Walgreen’s for a long time.

Two persons who recently came to us for help finding employment had to suspend their job search for almost a year because of the pandemic. After a complete assessment of their skills and desires around setting a plan, they began their job search. After placing many applications at different businesses, they were both recently hired by Macy’s. They are both finishing their initial training in their stores, and will work with Robert Aranda, another Employment Specialist with Easter Seals Greater Houston, to learn their jobs and help them fit into culture in their new workplace. They are both looking forward to becoming more independent as they embark on their new careers.

Although the pandemic has forced major changes on all of us, the dream of employment for persons with disabilities is still alive and is being fulfilled every day, it may just look different. At Easter Seals we will continue to do everything we can to help our clients achieve those dreams.

Robert Williams
Transition/Employment Program Director

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