The Story Behind The Store
“I like to work at Applebee’s. That’s my job.” – JAMES
Goodwill training and placement helped James find the right job for him
James’s dream of having a job in the community came true in 2015 when he was hired at Applebee’s in Medford.
Born with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition that causes medical issues and cognitive delays, James worked with Goodwill employment and training specialists to set goals and build skills that would help him get a job that suited his desires and abilities. Through a process known as job carving, his job developer and Applebee’s management re-evaluated job descriptions and re-assigned cleaning and preparation duties to create a job for James that met the restaurant’s needs. He works three days a week, washing windows, wiping down tables and booths, and tidying up the parking lot. He’s proud to know that he’s making a valuable contribution to the team, and he celebrates each day with fist bumps and high fives for co-workers.
2015 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, JACKSON COUNTY