Success Story – Kevin

Kevin Moran is a hard-working, determined man from Beaverton; so determined that he did not let his disability stop him from his goal of obtaining his fork lift certification and obtaining a job where he could advance and grow.  Kevin was hired at The Home Depot on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway as a Temporary Team Member but after only a few months was promoted to permanent status as a Garden Loader due to his hard work, reliability and friendly demeanor.  “Kevin is a phenomenal Associate” said General Manager, Kaileb Hahmeyer, “I wish I had 20 more like him.  He is happy and dependable; he is part of the Home Depot family.”

To assist with his job search Kevin worked with Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. Employment Specialist Chris Perry.  Chris helped connect Kevin to the opportunity at the Home Depot and now checks in with him on a regular basis to provide support or job coaching if needed.  Dirkse CC is a local agency contracted with The State of Oregon, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to assist individuals with disabilities with their employment goals.  They seek out partnerships with employers in the community such as The Home Depot, who are diverse and inclusive and who can appreciate the skills and abilities of the individual.  Their goal is to help insure a good match between the job seeker and the employer and that there is long-term success and support for both.

Thanks to the partnership between The State of Oregon, Dirkse CC and employers like The Home Depot, Kevin reports that he is now in his “favorite job”.   On your next trip to pick up plants, hardware or holiday decorations, you may find Kevin hard at work, with a willing attitude and smile on his face, helping customers or fellow teammates.