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Eddie Pope: Accomplishing Goals One Day at a Time

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You might have last read about Eddie Pope in February, when he shared that one of his goals was to become a cashier at Kroger. He had been working as a bagger and loved it, but wanted to do more.

After graduating high school, he was attracted to the structure and training offered in Easterseals’ packaging facility, and he enjoyed the variety of tasks and the people there. After three years, Eddie was ready for the next challenge. With his energetic personality and experience, he was offered a position in Easterseals’ Work and Grow program, a blend of paid work and recreational activities in a community setting. Eddie exemplifies the path to employment for many young people with disabilities.

Well, not even one year later he has been promoted to a cashier position at the in-store Starbucks! He truly is an example of the idea that if you work hard, you really can accomplish anything

The whole thing only took about 3 weeks. After he applied, they reached out to him saying he had gotten the position. “Hold up, that was so quick!” He is excited to start his new journey at Starbucks.

When asked about the position, he replied joyfully “I was recommended for the position a year ago and a year later I got it!” It turns out that when the original piece he had been written, he was already discussing the possibility of a promotion. When he received the position, he was given a pay increase. He shared that he does not know how much it was for but he has noticed that his paychecks have gone up.

“I felt great, I was so happy I got the position, I was so happy” gleefully exclaimed Eddie when asked about it.

You can hear the pride in his voice when he continued to share that he was so happy.

Although Eddie was just recently promoted to cashier at Kroger, he had one more goal of being a cashier at Starbucks.

We are so proud of you Eddie and cannot wait to see the wonderful things you will accomplish over the course of your life!


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