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.