Cherry came to the Career Development/Job Placement program at The Arc Mid-South for assistance in obtaining employment. She dreamed of the perfect job, owning her own car, and being more independent. Thanks to the collaboration between The Arc Mid-South and the Hershey Company, Cherry is now a full-time employee with full benefits AND a car.
Since Cherry didn’t initially have transportation, The Arc Mid-South staff scheduled Yellow Cab services to transport her to and from work. After just one month of employment, Cherry saved enough money to purchase her very own PT Cruiser!
There were several obstacles in securing a job that Cherry and other Arc Mid-South clients had to overcome. The Arc staff assisted in the application process, attended the interviews, transported each client to the drug screening, attended Orientation, and assisted in new hire training and provided job coaching to each newly hired client, all requirements of securing and maintaining employment. The Arc staff still provides "follow alongs" as needed to be sure the client’s and Hershey's are all happy with the employment relationship.
Our Hershey's Heroes have recently passed their 3 month review and no longer require a job coach. Each employee is confident in their ability and able to work independently without supports. Cherry and the other clients enjoy working and are thrilled with the independence that having their own source of income provides.