(Sherie working at ReStore)
Sherie, a Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) client with our Integrated Work Program in Temecula, recently completed a three month paid internship for Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where she was awarded Employee of the Month. The internship helped her to gain invaluable work experience. The store sells both new and gently used remodel and home improvement materials that have been donated to Habitat for Humanity. Sherie helped to build furniture, stock and price items, and keep the store organized.
“I am happy that I was allowed to participate in the TMI internship program for ReStore,” said Sherie. “It makes me feel very happy and proud that I was awarded Employee of the Month there.”
The TMI Paid Internship Program (PIP) is designed to encourage competitive integrated employment (CIE) for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. CIE is full or part time work for which an individual is paid minimum wage or greater in a setting with others who do not have disabilities. The purpose of the program is to increase the vocational skills and abilities of clients who choose, via their Individual Program Plan (IPP), to participate in an internship. Goals of this program include the acquisition of experience and skills for future paid employment, or for the internship itself to lead to full or part time paid employment.
“Sherie did an excellent job at Habitat,” said TMI Director of Integrated Work Jill Prieboy. “She is a very dedicated and hardworking young lady. We are so thankful to Habitat for giving Sherie the opportunity to work with them. We are confident the skills she gained will help her in the workforce.”
(Sherie's handmade artwork)
Sherie dreams of one day starting her own business making crafts of simple materials or anything that she has available at home. Sherie has been making art since 2014. She feels she is able to express herself through her crafts and drawings. Sherie has displayed her work at TMI’s annual Craft Boutique in Temecula for the past three years.
“I got inspired when it was announced that there would be a boutique,” added Sherie. “I can show my talents to everyone and be an inspiration to them. I hope that other clients will also show their abilities that they could share to all.”
(Sherie displaying her art at TMI's Craft Boutique)
Sherie’s work ethic, motivation and artistic talent are an inspiration to all of us at TMI. Great job, Sherie!
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the deaf and hard of hearing since 2000. Like all of us, our clients are born with hopes, dreams and the drive to contribute to society. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living Services and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties.