Tamara Koren was born and raised in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She is a graduate of the Noble School in Jacksonville Beach. Tamara learned of PossAbilities Plus through Facebook. She has earned her food handlers certification at PossAbilities Plus and works in the Cup of Dreams tearoom. In addition she helps in the thrift store and mentors new participants. Tamara writes many articles for our monthly newsletter and manages our Instagram posts. Currently she is working on getting a childcare certificate online. She recently got a job online through a company in California called Purple Tree and I joined their social media team.
Victoria Romero is from Jacksonville, Florida. She works at Burlington Coat Factory where she locks shoes and puts size stickers on the shoes to make it easier for the customers to pick out the right size.
Victoria received On the Job Training at PossAbilities Plus. She also participates in Building Better Job Skills thru Music Therapy at PossAbilities Plus. Victoria is now learning to become more independent. She still comes to music therapy even after getting her job. We enjoy seeing her each week.
Kathryn Battle moved to Jacksonville from Vermont. She was referred to PossAbilities Plus by a friend and neighbor. Kathryn joined our job training program and began participating in Sociabilties each week. In addition, she has taken several of our life skills training classes. Kathryn received her Food Handlers certification through the Kitchen to Table course at PossAbilities Plus and has had extensive opportunity tor practice in the Cup of Dreams tea room. When you see Kathryn, congratulate her on her new job at Queen's Harbor Country Club.
Lindsey relocated to Jacksonville from Columbus Ohio in 2019. Not long after, Covid hit us all. She was seeking a volunteer position in office administration not long after the holiday season, she started volunteering with Susan at PossAbilities Plus. Previously Lindsey worked in an office setting helping her mom who is a financial advisor, multiple churches, a bead store, and a non-profit medical center as a volunteer. So working at PossAbilities Plus was the perfect fit for Lindsey. She helps in the office doing many assorted jobs, she sews t-shirt bags, and is an expert at finding Susan's cup. Lindsey just got a job through PossAbilities Plus with a CPA. Lindsey is a super Success!!
Lance Levesque was the first on the job training participant at PossAbilities Plus. He is a graduate of Englewood High School and lives in Jacksonville Beach. He is an independent individual. He rides his bicycle every morning and takes the JTA Connex bus to and from job training.
During his training at PossAbilities, Lance learned to vacuum, take out the trash, and answer the phone independently. He helped often at the cash register. Lance learned to sew and make our signature shopping bags. He also became quite a celebrity by creating video commercials for the Facebook page to help promote items for sale in the store.
After much hard work, Lance recently landed his first job at a local grocery store where he bags groceries and helps with shopping carts. Lance is also an avid bowler and train expert. When you see him he will be happy to tell you his bowling score. He is a true success story and demonstrates hard work, persistence and the right training can help you succeed.
Kayla is a hardworking young lady. She graduated last year from Alden Road School and is actively seeking a job that she will enjoy. Kayla stopped by PossAbilities Plus and got acquainted with Vocational Rehabilitation. Kayla has earned her Food Handler’s certification and works in Cup of Dreams tearoom as well as at PossAbilties Plus thrift. Kayla would like to learn to work in the garden so she can take care of the earth. Her favorite teams are the New Orlean’s Saints, the Cowboys, and the Jaguars. She loves to listen to music, play on the computer, do puzzles, and go to Church. Stop by PossAbilities Plus and meet Kayla.
Keaton is a young filmmaker from St. Augustine, Florida, who joined the PossAbilities Plus team in July 2020 as a videographer and a member of their social media team. When he was two years old, he was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe autism. While experts thought he would never be able to read, write, speak, or operate a computer, Keaton has managed to surpass all their expectations within his relatively short lifespan.
In addition to his work with PossAbilities, he is a member of our Junior Board. Keaton has a Bachelor’s in Journalism & Documentary Production from Flagler College. He currently lives in St. Augustine, with his parents, his dog Bailey, and his cat Minuit (pronounced “min-whee”). His hobbies include music (he plays piano, bass, guitar, and drums) and basketball.
Keaton has made several "How To" videos for PossAbilities Plus job skills program. He is working with his mentor, David Voss to create a fundraising video for the program. In addition, he has competed the "Professionalism in the Dining room course. He is an exemplary server.
Isaiah is a graduate of Greenwood High School and is now attending Florida State community Community College. Isaiah enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy as will as playing video games. He would like to be a writer and spends much of his time writing movie and game critiques. Isaiah has written one novel and would like to continue his writing and become published. He takes pride in organizing our book center at PossAbilities PLus as well as being able to discuss many books in our collection. He recently got a job working in a warehouse. Go Isaiah.
Janice lives in Baymeadows and recently moved here from Pensacola. She discovered PossAbilities Plus through her job coach at Employ U. Janice is quite independent and rides the JTA Connex bus to PossAbilities. She also recently completed the Kitchen to Table course and received the food handlers certificate. Janice helps out in the kitchen and thrift store. She is also the best shirt folder we’ve ever seen! Janice has a great attitude, is hardworking and very organized. She loves to be busy, so she will offer to help with any task. Janice has two dogs and likes listening to music.