Allen

Allen with his job coach, Jeanette

Allen Taylor graduated from Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia in 2005. Allen has a slight learning disability, and after taking a few classes at CPCC, he decided that college wasn’t for him. However, without a college degree and with the challenges of his disability, Allen had a very hard time finding employment.

A friend referred Allen to Vocational Rehabilitation, which sent him to Goodwill for job training to prepare him for the workforce. He was quickly matched with job coach Jeanette Lyle, and just a few months after working with her, Allen was hired as a seasonal employee with Lowe’s in University (in April 2011).

“Because of my training, I was prepared and confident that I could handle this job,” he said. In fact, Allen did so well that he moved from a seasonal position to a part-time and then a full-time position within a matter of weeks. He was even chosen as the Employee of the Month last summer, selected by the department managers.

Allen says that his favorite part about his job is helping customers. He was able to buy a car last fall, reducing his work travel time (he used to take 2 buses and a train) and giving him a little freedom. “I have so many things I want to do. I’m working on getting my blue belt in karate, and one day I could see myself owning my own karate school,” he said. “For now, I would love to continue growing with Lowe’s and I know that I can take on new responsibilities.”

Allen received Goodwill’s highest annual honor as a Good Work! Award winner this past May at our Cornerstone celebration luncheon.


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