An Alternative Experience
For five weeks, Berroco was lucky enough to work with John Yonda, David Meaden & Richard Earley. None of these men had been to a yarn warehouse before, but they mastered many of the tasks required to package and ship our products to all of our retail stores.
They came to Berroco as part of an on-the-job training program. The Alternatives Employment Academy was started earlier this year by Alternatives Unlimited – a non-profit agency that works with more than 1200 people with disabilities living in Central Massachusetts. Students in the Academy attend six weeks of skill-building classes at Quinsigamond Community College. They also shadow employees at local businesses to see what kinds of jobs they might enjoy.
If you watch the video above, you can see how hard these men worked, each in his own style. John had a quiet focus that helped him overcome each new challenge, while David was laid back and preferred repetition. As for Richard – let’s just say his enthusiasm could be heard down the halls! I know I wasn’t the only one who looked forward to their Friday morning visits.
John, David & Richard graduated from the Academy this week. On behalf of everyone at Berroco, I want to say thank you and wish them the best of luck!