Kaitlyn is right at home in the Mercy Hospital Starbucks—making mocha, chatting with customers while cleaning the condiment bar, and whisking together homemade whipped cream.
Through the Easter Seals Iowa Project SEARCH internship program, Kaitlyn built experience in a workplace setting. She did so well that upon completion of the internship program, she was offered full-time employment.
“It’s fun,” Kaitlyn says. “I love to help with the drinks and everyone knows me. I love it here.”
Kaitlyn’s job coach, Lexy Ulrich, provides on-site training and support and says she has seen Kaitlyn make a major transformation since interning and working at Starbucks.
Kaitlyn is now confident and comfortable working in an independent environment.
“Everybody likes Kaitlyn,” Lexy says. “I think it’s that smile.”
Through Easter Seals Iowa employment programs clients find the support they need to secure employment, work in their community and live more independently.