So after our college option disappeared for this fall, my interest in getting him busier peaked. We reapplied to Vocational Rehab (which we had abandoned last fall because of a personality conflict with his employment specialist) and while we were waiting for the speedy government, his job coach at the coffee shop (Kim) heard about a local hospital who wanted to hire special needs folks. He had an interview last week with a few folks from the hospital and several people from Kim's company. He reluctantly let us dress him up in a suit.
Turns out he was the star of the interviews. One other boy dressed up but Kim said it looked like his polo had been over with her truck and one girl had "hygiene issues". Well that is one way to get Joe to stand out in a favorable way! He has his second interview with the hospital tomorrow.
|Practicing dish washing ("Mom, not THAT kind of dish washing!")|
Then yesterday Kim told me about a dishwasher position at a local restaurant. This morning Joe told me that this week was very stressful and he was looking forward to no more interviews for awhile!
But he did go over to the restaurant with Kim today. Although this isn't even Kim's job, she is trying so hard to get Joe a real job and I am truly touched. Joe came home positively bubbly (for him) and told me that the restaurant wanted to hire him. "And they even are going to pay me!"
He is still going to the hospital interview tomorrow but he told me he was pretty sure he wanted the dishwasher job. Of course, I am torn. Part of me says "go for the hospital" there is more long term benefits to working there. The other part of me says "go for the restaurant" and work there until next fall and then reapply to college. The hospital would probably pay more but it is also a 25 minute drive from home on a busy interstate. Pros and cons to both.
But whatever route he chooses, my 6' 2" little boy will be working somewhere very soon -- and they are even going to pay him!