Raleigh, NC, October 21, 2019
Karen McKewin is thrilled to be celebrating ten years of employment at a local Food Lion. This is a huge accomplishment for Karen who is living with Cerebral Palsy.
Thanks to the help of the Employment Services team at Easterseals UCP, she has received assistance in job placement and training. Her career path began at a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant folding pizza boxes about eleven years ago. After working there for a while, Karen told her job coach, Casey Corder, she really wanted to bag groceries at Food Lion, located nearby. Casey and Karen teamed up and met with Food Lion management, and the grocery chain hired her on the spot.
Now, a decade later, Karen earned her ten-year pin at Food Lion. She moved up from a grocery bagger to a cashier. Karen said, “This is my dream job and I enjoy meeting different people here.” Casey is now the Employment Services Program Manager but she keeps tabs on Karen and is thrilled to see the ongoing progress.
Her current job coach, Jenna, has helped Karen transition and work on challenges such as identifying produce, scanning items more quickly and counting money. Jenna said, “I’m proud of Karen. We continue to teach her to advocate for herself and work on confidence.” She said Karen wants to be treated just like everybody else and doesn’t want any special treatment. Food Lion has been supportive of Karen and has helped her succeed with a few adaptations including placing her in the express checkout lane where customers have fewer items.
Karen’s goals include keeping her job at Food Lion for a long time and improving her skills of counting money and identifying items at the register at a faster pace.
Throughout the month of October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM), Easterseals UCP celebrates the accomplishments of people we serve living with disabilities and mental health challenges. Congratulations Karen! More information about Easterseals UCP Employment Services.ABOUT EASTERSEALSEasterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Kathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660 | (C) 919-208-0621