2018 Enabling Employment Award Recipient
“The Goodwill partnership is definitely a win-win because it’s going to have a positive effect on your people, on your business, and on your position in the community.” — BRIAN GARRISON
Passion increases employment opportunities
Garrison’s Home in Central Point partnered with Goodwill to be a supported work site for clients like Travis Green, an adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to Garrison’s Home, Travis was working in a dish room, but he likes people and craved more community interaction. Goodwill Job Developer, Cydney Smith, set out to find an area business that would meet his work goals and offer him personal growth.
She approached Brian Garrison, owner of Garrison’s Home, to “carve” a furniture dusting position for Travis based on his abilities, work goals, and what the company needed accomplished. Travis also enjoys greeting customers.
“He is not afraid to do anything,” Garrison’s Home employee, Laurie Reilly, said. “He just gets in and works,” she added, noting he always arrives early to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before his shift. “Travis tells us what he’s done and then asks for more work,” Laurie said praising his work ethic.
The company honored Travis with an “Array of Sunshine Award” at their annual Christmas party because of his attitude and the amount of joy he brings to coworkers. “I feel we get a lot more than we give … Having Travis on our team makes us happier and better to our customers,” Brian said.
Brian recommends other businesses become work experience sites. “Garrison’s is extremely proud to enable employment for Travis and others in the future,” adding, “The Goodwill partnership is definitely a win-win because it’s going to have a positive effect on your people, on your business, and on your position in the community.”
The Story Behind The Store