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Success Story: Taylor Myers Project SEARCH journey

Anyone who knows Taylor Myers knows she brings with her radiant energy wherever she goes. She is outgoing, witty, emotionally powered, and a constant reminder to everyone she meets on how to take life in stride.

Taylor Myers at her job

Taylor Myers came to Project SEARCH with very limited job skills and was unsure with what career path she would embark upon when she finished High school. Taylor went through three internships with the Project SEARCH program. Taylor completed an internship in Crash carts, West Surgery, & Cart Running.

Numerous times during the Project SEARCH program, Taylor was deemed a “hero” by the West Surgery department. Taylor had a strength in finding patient items and returning them to the front desk during her internship. Taylor found a wallet and a watch during her time with the program. Every day she would find and return an item, she would come back to the classroom beaming with excitement.

When it came time to explore jobs in the community, Taylor was hired right away at a hotel in Geneva. Taylor learned her job quickly, but when tasks would change, it would frustrate her. This was extremely challenging for her because the hotel was going through major changes at the time. Taylor also had a difficult time adapting to the work culture provided at the hotel in which she worked. After four months, it was determined by PAEP staff, Taylor, and her employer that Taylor needed to receive a job with less stressors and more of a routine, so she could be successful. The perfect match for Taylor was found less than 1 month after job development started up again.

Taylor was hired at River Glen of St. Charles as a laundry associate in August, 2017. Taylor is responsible for washing and drying resident laundry. After she finishes drying the laundry, Taylor neatly folds each item and delivers the laundry to the correct resident room. Taylor is also responsible for making sure the laundry area is clean at all times. Taylor excelled at this job from day one. Taylor has her own work space at River Glen of St. Charles and she is able to work at her own pace throughout the day.

Staff at River Glen of St. Charles have been welcoming to her abilities and they have created an environment where she is able to thrive and be a part of the team. During the month of October, each department at River Glen of St. Charles had to create their own pumpkin. Taylor was nominated to create a pumpkin for her department. Taylor took great pride in this task. She made her department’s pumpkin look like a clown from the hit blockbuster movie “It.”

Taylor has come a long way since she started the Project SEARCH program in August of 2016. She has experienced a wealth of highs and lows throughout her journey with the Project SEARCH program. All of these life changing experiences she has gone through over the last 15 months have made her the self-sufficient and independent employee that she is today.

 
   
     

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