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Leanne

Serving with a Smile

Meet Leanne

Originally from China, Leanne spent her early life in an orphanage in Shanghai until she was adopted at the age of seven. After noticing Leanne having seizures and other medical issues, her adoptive mother fought for Leanne to be properly placed in a school with an individualized education program (IEP) that could accommodate her special needs. Because of her mother’s determination and her own hard work, Leanne was able to graduate from Cedar Creek High School and go to Atlantic County Special Services.

A reliable worker who always jumps at the chance to work an extra day, Leanne has carved out a clear path for a fulfilling future with a company who accommodates her needs.

There, Leanne learned her love for the kitchen and found her calling in life. Wanting to pursue that passion more fully, she participated in JEVS hireAbility‘s Bridge to Work, a 2-year program that focuses on transition to employment after high school. Bridge to Work not only gave Leanne job readiness and skills training, but also helped place her with Unidine Food Service doing food prep at Recovery Centers for America. However, Leanne discovered she was very shy and avoided interacting with patients.

Once again seeking and accepting support, Leanne leveraged JEVS’ resources for supported employment services. After JEVS helped coach her for six months, Leanne transitioned from a three-day-per-week employee to a full-time position with a five-day work week. With coaching and the resulting confidence it gave her, the once-shy Leanne began to thrive. She is now out on the front line serving
customers on her own, providing service with a smile. A reliable worker who always jumps at the chance to work an extra day, Leanne has carved out a clear path for a fulfilling future with a company who accommodates her needs.

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