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Reintegration Means Back to Work
I've been a member of Grand Avenue Club for six months. I found out about it from my case manager at the community support program. Three weeks after my tour I began orientation. The orientation was very informative, and it made me recognize right away that I was able to hold a job, despite my work history. I joined the Kitchen Unit because that's the kind of work I like to do. I also let everyone know that I was interested in working, and tried to prove that by coming to the club everyday.
After three months I was offered a Transitional Employment (TE) at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro. I take care of the gorgeous wooden floors and do other cleaning around the restaurant as needed. I get up at 4:30 a.m. for work, am out of the house by 6:00 and get to work around 7:00 a.m. I try to arrive early so that I don't have to worry about getting there late. I feel great about my job because I am earning money instead of merely collecting it. Besides, I like the work and all the people at the Bistro.
The food at Bortolotta's is delicious, but I am proud to say if the dishwasher were broken, you could eat off the floor.
Al King is a member of the Grand Avenue Clubhouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.