Nancy overcomes odds to find success with retail skill training

Retail Skills Training and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) helps Nancy restart her life.

These days Nancy usually rides her bike to her job at Cub Foods. It seems easy enough, but unless you know her story, you couldn’t understand what she has overcome to be able to do that.

After suffering a massive seizure 10 years ago, she spent six months in a coma and several years of rehabilitation in an assisted living facility. Nancy literally had to learn to write and speak in full sentences again.

Before her seizure she had her own apartment, a job and a driver’s license. Being a flight attendant was her favorite job, giving her the chance to take trips to Mexico and more.

Getting back to work was important to Nancy, so when she got her doctor’s approval in 2013, she went to VRS and was referred to Goodwill-Easter Seals Retail Skills Training.

While Nancy did well, at one point she got frustrated when she looked back at what she’d accomplished before her seizure. Retail Skills Trainer Dan Winder helped Nancy focus on her progress, encouraging her to write something down every day that she’d learned. “That was the starting point. She just took off from there,” Dan says.

After graduating, our placement services helped Nancy land a job at Cub Foods in Bloomington, where she’s worked for three years as a cashier and now in the bakery. “I love this place. I love what I do and I have a good guy to work for,” she says. Nancy’s supervisor, Rudy Sance, says, “Nancy is great with customer service. She gets along with everybody.”

This year, Nancy got her own apartment and her goal is to get her driver’s license again. She has come a long way, has a life that makes her happy and people she works with who care about her. Nancy overcame the odds to find success again.

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