Stories of Impact
Everyone has their story about how the pandemic of 2020 impacted them. For Robert, the shutdown came just a month or so after starting a new position in the Curative pre-vocational training program. Robert has autism and he appreciates having the routine of a job in his life. He found it very hard having to be at home for days and weeks at a time and not being able to go to work.
“When the pandemic set in, it took a lot of adjusting for Robert. Knowing he has someplace to go every day… It’s his everything,” explains Nicole, his sister. “He will often come home and share his accomplishments of how he met his quota for the day.”
Robert works five days a week at Curative and has been an employee of Curative Commercial Services since he was in high school. He works on a variety of jobs from performing one-step projects to multiple-step assembly using hand tools. He especially likes working on the account where he gets to count and pack a variety of hardware.
“Robert has really done a good job of developing skills for himself to do every job that we have asked him to do,” shares Travis, the Commercial Services Director at Curative. “With all these skills, Robert has become a real asset to the assembly team.”
Robert takes pride in his work and his supervisor says Robert does a good job cleaning up his work area at the end of the day. This is no surprise to Nicole. “He has always liked things neat and tidy,” she says.