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Meet Laurie Bailey, a 22-year-old from Peterson, Iowa

Each person has a unique story… and it’s our privilege to share with you a glimpse into the lives of our Hope Haven friends, highlighting their talents and the positive impact they make in their community. 

Meet Laurie Bailey, a 22-year-old from Peterson, Iowa

Laurie has been utilizing Hope Haven’s services for the past four years as part of the My Day program and Employment Services. In May 2021, Laurie began participating in the My Day skills unlimited track, that allowed her to work on employment skills. This program assisted her in identifying interests and setting goals to ensure the best experience in a job of her choice. 

During her time in the programs, Jacqueline, Laurie’s Employment Specialist, observed Laurie’s interest in fashion, which led her to meet with Crystal, TJ-Maxx Manager in Spencer, IA. 

In July 2023, TJ-Maxx hired Laurie! “I love my job because I make people happy,” says Laurie. Her responsibility at TJ-Maxx is greeting customers, assisting them in the fitting room, and helping the customers find what they are looking for. “Being able to interact with the customers and being part of a team are things I truly enjoy and make me feel happy.”

We appreciate Laurie every day with her bubbly attitude, willingness to work, and to put a smile on customers’ faces,” says Crystal. “The partnership with Hope Haven has been very positive and supportive to watch Laurie grow into her role, where there is no interference with a job coach unless she needs assistance. Laurie has great customer service, a positive attitude, overall – a great asset to the team, which led to her receiving a well-deserved raise based on her outstanding annual performance.”

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, you can support Hope Haven to help offer more opportunities to individuals like Laurie. With you, more people can pursue their passions and find meaning in their lives. Your contribution will enable us to continue our growth within our communities and by making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

If you wish to contribute, please CLICK HERE to donate today. We thank you for your support and prayers in serving our mission today and in the future. 

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