Success Stories

Amanda started with CWS in our Community Pathways Program.  Her goal has always been to find a job.  With the help of CWS Supported Employment staff, Amanda recently began a new job at Harris Teeter where she enjoys interacting with her coworkers and customers.  

Ola recently celebrated her 1 year anniversary at Olive Garden in Holly Springs!  Ola came to CWS through our Evaluation program. Once she reached her goals, Ola started working with a CWS job coach and quickly found employment.  Ola loves her job and says her coworkers treat each other like family. 

Aretha was referred to CWS in 2014 by the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  After completing her evaluation, and on-site work adjustment, she was hired by Clean Start Diaper Service in February of 2015.  Aretha shared that being employed by CWS has brought many positive things to her life. She really enjoys her job working in the diaper service and meeting new people.  And one of the biggest rewards of being employed is that she was recently able to purchase her first home.  “I couldn’t have done it without CWS,” Aretha said. 

CWS worked with Trish to find a job at Zaxby’s 3 years ago. Because of her job, Trish is now learning how to live independently, and she says the best part about her job is her customers coming back to see her.

CWS found Malcom a job in food service at PG Werth’s on Morgan St in Raleigh.  He started out working as a dishwasher and has worked his way up to line cook. Being employed has allowed him to provide for his family.   Malcom says working at PG Werth’s has kept him on a straight path. He wants to one day own his own restaurant.

When David came to CWS he was living at the Healing Place a shelter for individuals with substance use disorders.  As a result of a gunshot wound, David is confined to a wheelchair.  After working in Onsite Work Adjustment for several months, David started job development. David was interested in working in protective services.  CWS was able to find David a job at Walmart working as an Asset Protection Specialist.  As a result of his new job, David was able to move out of the shelter and into his own apartment.  David is also working and saving to get his own car.   

CWS helped Aaron find a job at Burger King on Capital Blvd. Aaron began his career working in the dining room but has since been trained in food prep, cook, and how to run the cash register.  When asked what having a job has done for him, Aaron answered “having a job has taught me how to count money so I can give my customers correct change.”

CWS found Susie a job at O’Charley’s restaurant in Raleigh more than 21 years ago! Her co-workers and management have come to depend on Susie and miss her when she isn’t there.  CWS is proud that we have been able to support Susie throughout her career.


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