Alexis' Success Story

Alexis faced a few hurdles during her job search last year.

Along with struggling to find a position during the pandemic, transportation was a major issue. Alexis does not have her driver’s license, and her family recently moved to Bernville – a rural town in Berks County – with limited transportation options.

Additionally, Alexis graduated high school in 2019 and has limited work experience. Her family was hoping they could find an employer willing to support and work with Alexis on her time management and social interaction skills.

Alexis’ family turned to Goodwill. Her employment specialist, Kim Gregory, spent several weeks reviewing Alexis’ needs. She then began working with Alexis on updating her resume and practicing job interview skills.

Kim also began looking at transportation options. Unfortunately, buses do not have stops in Bernville and daily Uber trips would be too expensive. Thankfully, Alexis’ family agreed to coordinate their schedules to get her to and from work.

During her job search, Kim found a part-time position in housekeeping services at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, which is about 10 miles from Alexis’ home. Alexis was excited about this opportunity, interviewed for the position and, soon thereafter, accepted their job offer.

Alexis is an essential worker, cleaning and sanitizing touchpoint high-traffic areas throughout the large expansive hospital. To help Alexis transition to her new role, Kim continued to work with her.

Kim trained Alexis on using the elevator and navigating the hospital’s several floors, communicating with patients and visitors who need directions, and greeting coworkers and staff appropriately. She also worked with Alexis on developing a job task list and practicing time management skills.

Alexis is very happy working at the hospital and being part of a team. She takes pride in her job and loves going to work every day, making new friends and earning a paycheck.

According to her manager, Alexis is a great team player. She has worked on her time management skills and social interactions with staff and patients, and has grown to be a big part of the Penn State Health family.

She has also accomplished one of her major goals – getting to wear pink scrubs after being employed for three months.

Way to go Alexis!

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Philip's Success Story - Custodian By Day, Author By Night

Philip really likes his job. For about 20 years, he has worked as a custodian at the federal building in downtown Harrisburg as part of the Goodwill Services’ program that provides training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

One aspect of his job that he most enjoys is talking with other people who work in the building and making them laugh. Philip is also beginning to entertain a wider audience with his “off hours” work.

Philip’s favorite hobby is writing. He has been writing books for himself off and on his entire life, and his dream is to become a bestselling author. Recently, Philip took the initial step toward realizing this dream by publishing his first novel titled “The Camelot's Heirs: King Arthur Series.”

The book is based on the legend of King Arthur. Set in modern times, Camelot’s Heirs follows the King Arthur fable as five teenagers with magical powers and unaware of their heritage try to defeat an enemy plotting the downfall of all humanity.

“The book is about 300 pages and took me almost 10 years to complete,” Philip said. “This volume I co-wrote with my mom who helped take a good draft, flesh it out and make it better.

“For me, King Arthur is a labor of love. It is scary to let it out into the world, but I’m excited to have people read it and hope that they like it.”

To date, Philip has sold 20 copies. The book is being sold on Amazon and is available in paperback and on Kindle.

Philip noted that there are more stories to come. Keep an eye out for book two in the King Arthur Series by following him at www.philipamoore.com

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