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IPS Supported Employment: John’s Story

IPS Supported Employment: John’s Story


This is A&J Salvage. I work on the can machine, the tire machine,
and the bailer, and I do sometimes the wire. Today is his one-year anniversary. I couldn’t be more proud. I worked with him throughout that whole entire
year. We applied for jobs online, through Indeed,
went to numerous places around the area. All the other people that we tried, they didn’t
accept me. “Why do you think that was?” I don’t know. At our year to date, April 10 of 2018, he
had received a call from A&J Salvage about a job offer. Right off the bat, I was impressed with John
from the interview. We’ll go through 25-30 people just to land
two good employees. But John is an exception to that. Ever since the first day John came to work
here, he has been energetic. He wants to be here. He’s excited to be here. And it’s rubbed off on the other employees. It’s been really good. He really was interested in working with tools,
and this gave him the opportunity here at A&J Salvage. I was kind of nervous at first, but as soon
as I found out that everybody was family up here, I just jumped right in. I mean, at first, you know, John didn’t really
know the job. He was learning, and he was working at a slower
pace, and we had to kinda re-assess. I just told him to compare his work to someone
else’s and make it a competition, and within a week, he had picked up the pace. There was no issue, no concern. It’s a very fast paced business out here,
but John has adapted really well. He has learned the jobs that we’ve given him,
and he’s picked up his speed. He does a great job. Some of the clients I work with are in mental
health treatment. Employment just, it balances everything. They have an income. They feel like they have a purpose. That’s ultimately the goal of IPS, I believe. This is my home. This is where I’m staying. I’m not going nowhere.

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