For Steven Colby, discovering a new career at Diamond Jo Casino in Worth County, Iowa, has provided a new sense of meaning and value to his days.
With the help of Jeri Bell, employment specialist at One Vision, Steven toured many different potential places of employment. He knew he wanted to work in food service, though, and Jeri made it her goal to take him places different and unique.
Ultimately, the pair visited Diamond Jo Casino. They toured several areas of the facility including the gaming floor, security, the Woodfire Grill, and more, but when Steven saw the massive dishwasher in the kitchen, he knew where he wanted to be.
“When we got to the dish room and we saw the machine, he said ‘that is a really cool machine,’” Jeri said. “From the day we visited, (the other employees) were welcoming to him.”
Though he currently works with the assistance of a One Vision job coach, Steven said his goal is to one day work on his own. “They make me feel important here,” he said.
As an employment specialist, Jeri said it is her goal to help Steven and others achieve their dreams through work. “Seeing his face in a smile, and when I ask him how he feels, he says ‘I feel important. I feel valued,’” she said. “Isn’t that what all of us want?”