PBC Community Employment on KEZI

Oct. 19, 2016 Pearl Buck Center’s Community Employment was featured on our local news channel, KEZI.

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from KEZI:

EUGENE, Ore — Pearl Buck Center continues making a difference in Lane County — empowering people with developmental disabilities.

The nonprofit offers multiple programs including employment opportunities at the Pearl Buck Center production sites and at 49 community businesses.

Jordan Hunt came to the Pearl Buck Center in May of 2016 for job employment assistance.  Pearl Buck assigned Linda Cox as his careeer coach.

“Really just try to listen to the client and see what they want and let them lead the job search,” said Cox.

Cox worked with Hunt to fine-tuned his resume and practice interview skills. Not long after working with a job coach, Hunt landed a part-time job at Mac’s Restaurant and Nightclub in Eugene.

“Number one, we don’t discriminate against anyone. We hire based on what we feel is the right person for the right position. Aces in their places in our motto here.” said Peggy Bruce, Mac’s General Manager.

Currently, 112 clients just like Hunt are enjoying a rewarding job in the community.  Hunt also gets assistance from a Pearl Buck supported living counselor.

“I’m just here to guide him in making the right decisions,” said Brooke Bodewitz.

Bodewitz and Hunt meet twice a week to talk, run errands and simply hang out. Bodewitz is a friend, a counselor, and a big supporter of Pearl Buck  Center.

“I love being able to get out and show our community that people with disabilities can still to every day things just like every other normal person,” added Bodewitz.

Hunt is example that a person with a disability is not defined by their limitations, but rather shaped by their abilities.

“You couldn’t ask for a better job than this,” said Hunt.

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