Aaron Baldwin started working with our Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program in Crookston back in February. He lives with anxiety and depression but has developed his interest and skill in cooking as a way to cope with and manage stress.
When he started working with ODC, Aaron was working at a convenience store but had some difficulties with a manager that increased his anxiety. Shortly thereafter, he quit his job and began searching for a new one with the help of IPS.
With IPS, the job search begins shortly after a person has expressed an interest in finding work. After spending time with Aaron to learn what his goals and interests are, an employment specialist worked with him on refreshing crucial resume writing and interview skills. Having already gained some of his confidence back through this process, he was then able to approach the job search with his head held high.
The biggest confidence boost came from his first interaction at the Irishman Shanty restaurant. The Irishman Shanty has been partnered with ODC for over 30 years. Aaron decided to follow up on an application he had submitted at the restaurant. He was hired on the spot and was even asked to start that day!
Aaron has been a cook at the Irishman Shanty for over a month, and it’s already proving to be a good fit for him. This job has allowed him to expand a skill that he loves and become more confident in himself. Cooking is a way for Aaron to balance his anxiety and depression and cope with daily challenges, so finding this position as a cook was a meaningful way to integrate his passions with work.
Thank you for sharing your story, Aaron!