JFS Perspectives

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Gloria Fobb: Working for a Living

Gloria FobbGloria Fobb, 47, has a simple dream. She wants to get a job and earn a living—on her own. Thanks to support from SHALOM Denver’s Supported Employment program, Gloria’s dream just became a reality. She was hired as a laundry attendant at a large Denver hotel and she couldn’t be happier.

“I want to work here!” exclaims Gloria. “I’m a hard worker and I’m ready to work and make more money.”

Gloria has been an active participant in SHALOM Denver’s Prevocational Services program for 15 years. She has been working on printing, mailing, and packaging projects as she developed her work skills, social skills, and job-search skills to ultimately work in the community. She was ready for a competitive, integrated job and when she learned about an opening in the laundry department at Courtyard by Marriott, she decided to go for it—and go for it she did!

Working with her SHALOM Denver job developer, Gloria created a compelling photo résumé that showed her working on a variety of domestic tasks relevant to the laundry position. She practiced her interview skills and how to introduce herself, shake hands, and engage with the hiring manager. She practiced folding towels and vacuuming. When the interview finally came, she “blew it out of the water” and was offered the job.

The goal of the Supported Employment program is to train and support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can get a job in the community at minimum wage or higher. SHALOM Denver will continue to support Gloria after she starts with intensive job coaching and monitoring to ensure that she is successful. Over time, the job coaching will taper off and eventually transition to supports in the workplace. Gloria will soon be working independently and enjoying her hard-earned income and purposeful life.

Everyone is thrilled for Gloria and the progress she has made. “I will miss my friends at SHALOM and they will miss me,” she says. “But I am ready to work!” Gloria not only has a newfound confidence, but also the skillset to pursue other positions as her career progresses.

If you would like to help others like Gloria get the supported employment services and job training they need, please call the JFS Development team at 720.248.4659 or donate online.