TJ Maxx Recognizes Michelle
for her 10 years of service. They gave her a gift card (just in time for summer clothes shopping) and they are planning a luncheon and award ceremony. Michelle works part-time for TJ Maxx and attends Program Without Walls (PWW) part-time. She takes a blended approach of working on the weekend and engaging in social, academic, and recreational activities at PWW during the week.
Every Saturday, Michelle wakes up at 7 am to get ready for work. Then, she walks 1.5 hours to work. At her job, she is primarily responsible for counting the number of clothes customers take into the dressing room. On occasion, she performs janitorial duties. Michelle enjoys working at TJ Maxx because her co-workers are “like family.” On Sunday, she likes to “be lazy” and sleep in.
Michelle found employment with the assistance of our Supportive Employment (SE) Program ran by Program Manager, Armando Ayala. As a participant in the SE program Michelle was assigned a Job Developer who worked closely with her to understand what her interests were before looking for a job opening. Our Developers assisted her in creating a resume, completing applications and preparation for her interviews.
Once Michelle landed her job she was assigned a Job Coach together they worked to ensure Michelle understood her duties and was trained properly. At UCP a Job Coach is not only here to train our clients but be the liaison to the Employer and the ear for them to express their concerns and questions regarding their new employee.
Michelle is just one of our many success stories. We thank Michelle for her hard work and dedication as well as TJ Maxx for their willingness to see past our clients limitations and offer them the opportunity to become independent.
Chloe’s Uplifting Spirit
Chloe Kaalund’s weightlifting journey began early in junior high school when she was approached by her gym coach about a potential position on her school’s weightlifting team. Since then, Chloe has displayed great interest in weightlifting and has worked hard to pursue various weight lifting goals. She has received numerous trophies and has even set new state and world records.
Chloe competes in her own weight division and engages in a weight training program 3 days a week. This allows her the time to work out at the gym while also competing in different weight lifting tournaments. Chloe has won two World Association Benchers and Deadlifters trophies in both bench press and deadlift, and this year, she competed in Las Vegas and won State Records for bench press at 166.34 pounds and for deadlift at 308.6 pounds.
At 31 years old, Chloe is a client of UCP’s Applied Abilities Program in Tracy. She enjoys participating in this program and going out into the community and interacting with other program participants. Chloe continues to live her life without limits, making everyone at UCP proud of all her hard work and everything she has accomplished.