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Smiling Through it All

Tsering Dickyi had never earned a fair wage paying job. For the last decade, Tsering was paid subminimum wage while working at a sheltered workshop in Minneapolis, despite the lack of informed choice and years of subminimum wage at a stagnant sorting position. One of the first things that you notice about Tsering when you […]

Handling Success

As you walk around FedEx Ground you may hear, “Hey buddy! How’s it going, buddy!? Look who is here! Have you met my staff from CIP?” These are common phrases that Mark Whitmore says to his co-workers on a daily basis. Mark’s positive attitude is infectious and his co-workers admire this about him. He is […]

Smooth Ride Operator

Throughout life all anyone ever wants is to feel welcomed and a part of a team. Figuring out how to do so can be a difficult challenge especially when you are searching for this in your employment. Christina Kempainen is an example of someone who just wanted to be accepted for whom she is at […]

A Blooming Career

Nicole has always had a passion and curiousness surrounding flowers and floral design. It all stemmed from helping grandma in the garden when she was younger. As she grew her interest grew with her, soon enough she was old enough to start seeking information of how to make her passion a money making reality.   […]

Ms. Kuehl – Keeping it Cool at Juut Salon

“Yeah I guess I have been here a long time,” Lindsey responded to her Employment Consultant, Michael, when she recently received her award for 5 years of employment at Juut Salon. If you have worked in customer service, you know that it is no small task. Walking into Juut, you will see that Lindsey makes […]

Breaking the Mold

Throughout her life, Miranda has fought to overcome limitations and pursue her personal dreams and goals. At only six months old, Miranda Wolf was expected to never walk, talk, or sit up on her own. Despite the prognosis, Miranda’s family would not let her succumb to a disability. Miranda’s family always encouraged her to develop skills […]

Smiley Joe Keely

In February of 2016 Fred Mische of Fred’s Bread in Eden Prairie had to make a difficult decision and close his doors. This decision came when he had to let his apprentice baker, Joe Keely, know that he would have to let him go because the small family owned bakery could not compete with the […]