Jennifer JoinerEvanston

Jennifer came into the Evanston DVR office not sure what her abilities were and if she was able to obtain employment with her disabilities. She sustained a subdural hematoma from a car accident which had a significant impact on her cognitive abilities. Her employment history was sporadic with the average employment lasting one year.

It was a struggle for Jennifer to understand her disabilities and advocate for herself. She actively participated in individual counseling and therapeutics services to maintain her mental health.

DVR provided Jennifer with a job coach to assist her with pre-employment skills and developing a customized employment plan. With the collaboration of SAFV and DVR, she was able to obtain her own apartment with a stable environment for the first time in her life. DVR provided Jennifer with a job coach to assist her with pre-employment skills and developing a customized employment plan.With the guidance and counseling provided to Jennifer through Vocational Rehabilitation she was able to advocate for herself and be able to reach her goal of becoming independent.

With Vocational Rehabilitation and the job coach's help Jennifer was able to obtain employment with 1st Bank as a filing clerk in the accounting department. The customized employment plan accommodates her disabilities and allows her to reach her goal of becoming independent and most importantly becoming an active member of the community.

At her job, Jennifer always greets every person she sees with a smile and is always incredibly courteous to everyone.