A young man with glasses wearing a red hat and a red shirt reading "five guys burgers and fries"

Building Trust to Find Work

This story was originally published in October 2020 on our employment blog.

Keshawn Martin has worked at Five Guys Burgers and Fries since the end of September. At Five Guys, Keshawn does a variety of food prep like cutting potatoes, as well as general cleaning around the restaurant. 

HCDDS Employment Navigator Julie Combs has been working with Keshawn for more than a year. She helped connect him to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and job developers, as well as assisting him with career goals and looking for jobs in the community.

“He was very reserved until we built our relationship and established his trust with us,” she said. “I’m really proud of him, and I am impressed with the caliber of his work ethic and his determination.”

Before getting this job, Keshawn worked at Kroger and Longhorn Steakhouse. “I want to get my own apartment,” he said about why he likes having a job in the community.