Goodwill-Easter Seals helps Alok discover his love for work

If you happened to see him at his job, you’d notice right away that Alok loves to work. Talk to him for a few minutes and you’ll find out that he’s smart, friendly and funny.

It’s hard to tell now, but he’s been through a lot. Diagnosed with a brain tumor as a small child, he’s dealt with a series of complications ever since.

Alok was referred to Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota’s retail training program through a joint partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation Services and his transition school in Eden Prairie. After completing the training program he gained some work experience at Goodwill’s St. Louis Park Store, working with Lisa Dea.

“The Vocational Rehabilitation Services are great partners with us, “Lisa explained. “They’re a great advocate for our participants.”

For Alok, some guidance and training was all he needed. “He doesn’t complain about what happened to him,” his father told us. “Through it all, he’s maintained a great attitude and is determined to do well.”

Not long ago one of the things he was determined to do was to find a job. But he wasn’t sure where to start. “Each of my friends had a job and I was like ‘how do you get these jobs?’ My parents researched and that’s how they found out about Goodwill.”

Once he was ready, Goodwill-Easter Seals worked with Alok to help him find a job. Alok was also very active in his job search, and his hard work paid off when he was able to secure employment at Jerry’s Foods.

Alok appreciates the help he’s received, and is determined to give back to help others. He’s come back to the retail training class at Goodwill-Easter Seals as a guest speaker to encourage other participants to achieve their employment goals.

Alok’s parents are impressed with how he’s grown. “He’s much more confident,” His mother observed. His father was thankful for the help they’ve received from Goodwill-Easter Seals. “Without that support we would have been totally lost,” his father told us. “There is no way that we could have done it on our own.”

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