Meet Roberto and Joy, who live in Hermiston, Oregon and have been married for 9 years. In the Summer of 2013, they were planning their wedding and setting the goal to be living on their own. Now, for the last 8 years of their marriage, they have met that goal and been living in their own apartment and both working in their local community.
Roberto has worked at the Hermiston Wal-Mart for 10 years. His position now is a cart pusher and being a senior employee Roberto will train/support new cart pushers. While pushing carts is his main position, on occasion Roberto is asked to help support with carry outs.
Joy has worked for Delish a local restaurant for nearly 5 years as a dish washer and has been branching out to learn other tasks around her work. Joy loves her job and loves opportunities to expand her knowledge on the job.
Joy and Roberto each have a paid provider to assist them with living independently and getting out for fun things like competing in the Special Olympics and picnicking with
the local alliance group, to name a few. They also have an amazing natural support system of family and friends.
Roberto and Joy both find satisfaction being employed and finding time to engage in their community. They know that setting a goal and working hard toward it can result in greater happiness.