The Story Behind The Store
“It became apparent for us that Goodwill was going to be a real good fit.” – MEGAN’S MOM
Megan’s goal was to work independently in the community, and she has achieved that goal, working as an independent contractor since 2007.
Diagnosed with autism at birth, Megan’s parents sought the best resources to help her develop to her full potential. “She got through school but then we said, what’s next?” said Megan’s mother Ellen.
Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services connected Megan with small jobs and summer programs, but when she was referred to Goodwill in 2005 it was clear that Megan was where she needed to be. “It became apparent for us that Goodwill was going to be a real good fit,” said Ellen. “She likes being around people, she likes being in a community, and she really likes to work.”
Megan’s goal was to work independently in the community. During skills assessment, her job coaches realized that Megan not only excelled at shredding documents but she found joy in doing the work. After she purchased a shredding machine, Goodwill paired her with the Department of Human Services (DHS). Megan has worked as an independent contractor since 2007 shredding confidential files.
“Everyone at DHS loves Megan. Just going in the front door, you can see how much she loves the interaction,” claims Deena Harrison, Goodwill Job Coach. “It’s so much more than just shredding, it’s community support that makes a difference in Megan’s life.”
2011 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, JACKSON COUNTY