Employment builds confidence
For Geoff Johnson, the most important goals in life are to be happy, have many friends, live in his own place, to have a paying job that he enjoys, and to one day have a family.
After completing high school, Geoff took a dishwashing program in pursuit of a dishwashing job. His dishwashing career was short lived though as he was unable to fit in and keep up with the workload. Geoff’s confidence was at an all time low thinking it would be difficult for him to find employment with his disability. More than 10 years passed without working before Geoff applied at C.B.I. Consultants to assist him in finding a job.
A C.B.I. employment specialist learned a lot about Geoff through completion of the Discovery process. Geoff at the time lived with his parents downstairs in semi-private suite. His place was immaculate. It was like a hotel, you could put on a white glove and wipe his whole place down and the glove would come out clean.
C.B.I.’s employment specialist presented these great cleaning skills to a home decor store to customize a position that fit Geoff’s ideal conditions of employment. The home decor store thought this was a great idea. A position was created for Geoff to work two hours, twice a week cleaning the store.
Geoff was a quiet and shy individual who would work his shift then go home after saying one or two words to others during that time. Geoff’s employment has helped him build up to a point where he is now assisting customers with sales and socializing with his co-workers about the weekend.
Geoff has now been employed for more than a year, works three days a week, is more confident speaking with customers and co-workers and has recently moved in to his own place with his girlfriend. Through his job, Geoff’s confidence continues to grow.