Randy Woods, Director for Preferred Employment Services thanked the Board for funding of the Summer Teen Employment Program (STEP) as well as the Board’s ongoing Supported Employment Follow Along funding and long-time partnership with Preferred Employment Services (formally Alternative Opportunities Employment Services). Randy introduced Justin, STEP participant and Beth Ching, Justin’s mother to the Board.
Beth shared with the Board Justin’s positive experience with the STEP program, utilizing Preferred Employment Services as an agency. Justin participated in STEP for two summers, enjoyed it and had a positive experience. Justin always wanted to work at a hotel, and was very happy when STEP offered him the opportunity to work at the Hampton Inn, where he worked in housecleaning. When the summer was over Justin was sad that he would no longer get to work at Hampton Inn. The general manager offered Justin a position.
Beth was able to advocate with the school district and Justin now works 3 days per week from 7:30-10:30am. Justin is happy to have this job opportunity and it is because of STEP and Preferred Employment Services.