As with any working relationship, you never know what you are going to get. But when Amanda Williams, assistant general manager of Massa’s in Winghaven, interviewed Megan she knew she was going to be a perfect fit for Massa’s.
“I met her and I liked her,” Amanda said. “The first time I met her, she’s a little spitfire really, I liked her and wanted her to be a part of the Massa’s team.”
Vocational coordinators do a lot of foot work to find jobs for the individuals in Community Living’s Employment Services program. “We do a lot of different job development for the participant,” Pam Westhoff, Vocational Coordinator, said. “Whether it’s going online, contacting previous or current employers or walking in to an establishment. It’s always nice when a new employer, such as Massa’s, comes on board.”
The relationship may never have happened if Megan and Valerie Hill, former Vocational Coordinator for Community Living’s Employment Services, didn’t walk in and see if Massa’s had an opening for Megan. “Massa’s was willing to try something different than their usual hiring process,” Pam said. “They were willing to hire Megan and take a chance.”
That chance worked! On April 14, 2014, Megan worked her first shift, and Massa’s gained an employee that is on time, diligent and knows what needs to get done. “She has surprised me in so many ways,” Amanda said. “Tasks that even myself had thought maybe were too complicated to understand that I didn’t convey to her in the beginning, I’ve asked her and she picked it up right away … I didn’t want to overwhelm her, and it turns out that was just me limiting my resources.”
Customers of Massa’s can see Megan at the hostess stand in the evenings on Mondays and Tuesdays. “The customers like me,” Megan said. “They hug me and tell me I’m doing a great job. I love working here, everything about this place. I just feel welcomed.”
Update (January 5, 2016): Because of the skills Megan has learned from her job at Massa’s, she was hired at the Kelly Ruby State Farm Agency in Eureka. During her Monday and Friday shifts, she writes birthday cards for clients of the insurance agency, scans documents, cleans the office and lends a hand when needed. “She is always busy,” Kelly Ruby said.