Disabilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! Morgan enjoys her new job at Villa Sports

By Cindy Bahl

Morgan, a 23 year old from Beaverton has a brown belt in Taekwondo, likes to watch movies, play Candy Crush and bake cookies. She also has a developmental disability. 07 M Barber at Villa Sports

In her spare time she volunteers with children, seniors and animals. She graduated from Sunset High School and the Beaverton Community Transition Program which provided her with volunteer work experience opportunities.

Like many high school graduates, Morgan was seeking her first “real” job, one where she could earn a paycheck and contribute to a team. However, as a young adult with a disability, Morgan faced barriers to employment.

Morgan was referred to Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. through her Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop employment opportunities in her community. Through a skills training class at Dirkse CC and Morgan’s volunteer experience, her Case Manager, Glenn Bishop, identified that Morgan had many qualities and skills to offer an employer: Morgan is a hard worker who is able to follow directions and memorize instructions in addition to being reliable and dedicated.

Dirkse CC, a local business who has been providing employment services to individuals with disabilities since 1997, contacted Villa Sports Athletic Club and Spa in Beaverton about the idea of allowing Morgan a “working interview” so that she could show them the good work she was capable of doing. The team at Villa Sports Athletic Club and Spa was happy to accommodate and after the working interview, Morgan was offered the job. Lane Hunter, Affiliate and Community Outreach Advisor said “We love Morgan; she is part of our team.”

This summer, when you pass by Villa Sport’s beautiful facility off Murray Blvd across from NIKE (13900 SW Meridian Street) and see the giant slide and pools filled with kids and adults having fun, think of Morgan, hard at work keeping the towels clean, folded and ready for use on a hot summer day.

For more information about creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, please contact Cindy Bahl, Business Development Representative at Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com