Jason Aljets, moved last year from Sisters to Redmond, and immediately found a new job.
Jason, 23, previously worked at a grocery store in Sisters. When he decided to move out of his family home into his own apartment in Redmond, he told his support team he wanted to continue working in the grocery store business.
“He loves to stay busy and be active,” said Darlene Valente, Jason’s job developer and job coach.
Jason works 23 hours per week as a courtesy clerk at Safeway. He bags groceries, retrieves carts from the parking lot, stocks grocery items and puts stray items back on shelves.
Jason’s older sister Katie Aljets lives in his apartment complex and also works in the community at two jobs. She was the subject of a previous Employment First success story. In contrast to his outgoing sister, Jason is quiet and shy.
“I like being outside and I get to be outside here,” Jason said. “This store is busier than the last one I worked at so I like that.”
Jason’s direct supervisor at Safeway is Jason Orchard.
“Jason is here on time and works hard,” Jason Orchard said. “Everyone gets along with him and he contributes to the team.”
Jason is a country person at heart and loves being outdoors. He rides dirt bikes in his free time. He also has experience working with farm machinery.
For the future, Jason said his dream is to work somewhere with even more outdoor time. He said working at Safeway has given him confidence, helps him to interact with others, and provides a steady paycheck.
“Anything outside is good,” he said.
Cortney Gibson was the VR counselor for Jason. His personal agent is Neta Alon-Bruce from Full Access High Desert. Darlene Valente with 1st Choice Assisted Care is the job coach for Jason. Jill Hannemann was the benefits counselor from Abilitree/Work Incentives Network.
You can also view a photo slideshow of Jason at Safeway.