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Louis Bakes Up a New Career at Nothing Bundt Cakes

Louis poses with Nothing Bundt Cakes Owner Linda Kirkpatrick

Louis poses with Nothing Bundt Cakes Owner Linda Kirkpatrick

Louis Powell loves his job assisting the bakers at Nothing Bundt Cakes. He loves it so much in fact, that he doesn’t even mind commuting two-hours each way by bus from Fullerton to the store in Costa Mesa, leaving his home at 7 a.m. and not returning home until 8 or 9 p.m. each night.

Louis came to Easter Seals WorkFirst in 2013, hoping the employment service could help him secure a job so he could afford his own place to live. He was persistent and diligent in his job search effort. A mild intellectual disability made his job search more of a challenge. Despite that, Louis was determined to live independently, without receiving government assistance.

“Louis is a great example of how people with a disability can thrive with the right opportunity,” said Mary Faux, vocational specialist, Easter Seals WorkFirst Employment Services. “When we match a client seeking work with an employer who sees their potential and is open to providing them the chance to use their skills, it is often a winning combination for everyone.”

WorkFirst provided Louis assistance with creating a resume and teaching him to network with his contacts to find both housing and employment opportunities. After successfully landing a job as a house manager for a recovery home company, he was given housing and a food stipend in exchange for managing clients. This boosted Louis’s confidence enough to apply for a full-time utility position at Nothing Bundt Cakes that WorkFirst connected to through an Easter Seals donor.
It became obvious during his interview that Louis had a great work ethic as well as immense determination and integrity and he was hired in 2014 for the position.

Louis says he has a "wonderful work family" now, and Nothing Bundt Cakes couldn’t be happier with how well their newest worker fits in with their team and Louis is now focused on becoming a baker himself.

Louis Powell and Nothing Bundt Cake Co-Workers

Louis poses with Nothing Bundt Cake co-workers

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