Assunta Patriarca, or Sue, works at Applebee's in the South County Commons as a Food Preparation Worker. Sue acquired her job through W.A.V.E.S., a vocational employment program, in April of 2009. She has been working at Applebee's, 4 hours a week, for 7 years now.
Sue has great communication with her coworkers and supervisors and completes her shifts without help. Confidently, however, Sue does ask for support if needed. "If she should have a question she independently approaches someone for further assistance" – Chris, her Applebee's Supervisor, remarks.
Freedom, Confidence and Happiness
During her shifts Sue weighs and portions food products such as, salads, potatoes, broccoli, spinach, and rice. "I enjoy doing these tasks, until it is time [to end my shift]. I enjoy earning money and getting free sodas"; a perk of her position working at a restaurant. Sue also likes visiting Applebee's when she is not on shift. Occasionally, she dines as a patron with her family and benefits from her employee discount. Ultimately, however, it is important to Sue that she earns her own money. In addition to her discount, her employment at Applebee's provides her with the freedom to go shopping and save for excursions.
Currently, through Perspectives Corporation services, Sue receives support with transportation to and from work; however on site she performs all her tasks autonomously. "My job makes me feel happy and wonderful and I love the people here!" Sue proclaims when asked how her job makes her feel. "People are very nice to me; the boss is very nice too".