Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store’s vision is to be the best fabric and craft retail brand –for their customers, team members, communities and investors. Emily, the Job Developer at CES, shops at Jo-Ann’s and introduced herself to Kathleen Furry, a supervisor at Jo-Ann’s and asked her if she would be interested in learning about CES. Jessica Owens, a client of CES, began working for Jo-Ann Fabrics Craft Store in October, 2014.
Kathleen is now Jessica’s supervisor and says “ I feel it is a great learning opportunity for myself and my associates, she makes our team grow in awareness of people's needs and abilities. Jessica has fantastic skills and people that have not worked with a person with a disability may not be aware of someone’s talents or skills.”
Jessica works on Tuesdays and Thursdays organizing and stocking the fabric patterns, bias tape, thread and other items sold at Jo-Ann’s. Jessica said her favorite part is “ it is always clean and safe in the store, and I like the people I work with.” Another favorite part of the job is "putting things where they belong. I like being responsible for the pattern drawers."
Melanie Pashenee, Jessica’s job co
ach says, “Jessica is adapting well in her new position. She has a real passion for this type of work and enjoys organizing and restocking. She has taken ownership of the sewing pattern drawers and is responsible for keeping them stocked and organized.” Melanie tells a story when she and Jessica were sitting in the back waiting for Jessica to clock in. Her supervisor had let her know that she would be putting away the fabric patterns and when it was time to get up from the back room and clock in. Jessica said “Oh you don’t need to get up, I don’t need your help. I know how to do this.” Jessica is very confident in completing her job tasks independently.