For cheerful and friendly Teresa, working as a Courtesy Clerk at the Rincon Kroger has been the ideal first job. As someone who loves to help people, she beams when she talks about how much she enjoys talking with customers. In fact, in only a few short months, Teresa says that she already recognizes most of the customers and loves to help people by bagging their groceries.
That enthusiasm has made her a favorite with her colleagues. “Teresa is overall a very happy person,” says Katee, Teresa’s job coach, “Her co-workers say they plan to keep her on the team forever. Anything they ask her to do, she’s always excited to go do it, and she’s always willing to try new things.”
Spending time with her family is important to Teresa, and she especially enjoys being active with her two sisters. “We watch movies or go out shopping together. We call it ‘sister time’ whenever we can hang out together.” She’s looking forward to an upcoming camping trip so that they can go on hikes together and spend their evenings sitting around the campfire.
Teresa genuinely enjoys her job at Kroger and plans to be a part of her team for years to come, but she has a long-term goal that she is working toward with the help of her job coach, Katee: to work in a veterinarian’s office. “I really love animals and would like to be able to help them,” says Teresa. To help her achieve her goal, they have talked with a local animal rescue organization and are planning for Teresa to start volunteering there after the pandemic subsides, and the rescue is able to have volunteers again.
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