Erica’s “wake-up call” was when she lost a good friend to addiction. She got clean and started working at Baker. Being at Baker, Erica says, gave her experience with people from all walks of life and inspired her to want to do more. Erica went back to school, graduating with honors from DCCC. She began pursuing work at rehabilitation facilities, and jumped at a part-time opportunity at the Malvern Institute. Two years later, Erica has been promoted to intake specialist, is making a good living, and is making a difference in the lives of others.
A debilitating bout of depression brought Gay to Baker. Slowly, but surely, Gay found her footing again. Gay has worked her way up through our program and is now our Malvern receptionist. Gay runs new-hire orientations, job search workshops, and creates in-house newsletters. Gay embraces every opportunity for growth, and is a vital part of our team.
Christian came to Baker after he and his wife lost everything in a natural disaster in Florida. The plan was to stay with family for a while, get a job, and then a place of their own. His English was ok, but he struggled in interviews. After a while, Christian ended up at Baker. Christian was a great worker, always willing to do more, and very motivated to move on. When we heard of a local club needing help in their busy laundry room, we recommended Christian. It’s been three years, and he’s absolutely thriving! He’s got a home and purchased a car. Life is good.
Sheryl grew up in a God-fearing, straight-arrow family. When she got in trouble, it shook the family to its core. At Baker, Sheryl found acceptance and healing, and she began rebuilding her life. Our Move On Program helped Sheryl prepare for the next step. She is now a home health aide, and loving it!
Jordan, admittedly, had made some mistakes. Bright and hard-working, he was a stand-out at Baker. After a few months at Baker, Jordan got himself together and moved into a new job. He recently got his CDL and was promoted to driver. His next goal is to buy a house.
Conrad’s seizure disorder kept him from doing a lot of typical activities as a kid. When he started at Baker, Conrad was a sweet, yet shy young man. Over time, his confidence grew and he felt ready to move on. He’s been working at Panera for more than a year now, and loves it. We’re impressed with his personal growth and confidence. His future is bright.