Drew is employed at a local grocery store as a bagger. When Drew first came to Bridgeway he was very ashamed and emotional about his past and his disability. Drew and his Employment Specialist spent many appointments just working on improving his self-esteem and self-worth. His Employment Specialist assured and reassured him that his disability and the symptoms associated with it were not his fault. Drew was very excited when he was offered the job at Schnuck’s on November 6, 2020 in the midst of the pandemic. When asked what he liked most about his job Drew stated, “I like the interaction with the people, the customers especially.”
Drew has had a few bumps in the road but has overcome each one with a positive attitude and a willingness to take advice from his Employment Specialist, store managers, and supervisors. Drew was asked what he liked about Bridgeway and this was his response, “You are there to help me with everything… you definitely got my back. You definitely helped me get the job.” Drew has learned all of his job tasks and has even made a couple friends at work. When asked what he would tell anyone thinking about joining Bridgeway he stated, “Do it! Join Bridgeway.” Drew’s advice to anyone starting work would be, “Be open. Let your managers know what you struggle with.” Drew has grown since becoming employed and the change in his self-confidence is apparent to anyone who interacts with him.