A big smile was flashed by Lyn as she waited to leave for work.
She loved working for Wendy's and for a long time, she was good at it. She stocked the cups and lids. She cleaned the bathrooms and bussed the tables. She kept the dining room clean and maintained relationships with the regular customers.
The district manager knew Lyn by name. The store manager took good care of her and helped make her work environment as positive as possible. She wasn't always the easiest employee and towards the end, she was more difficult than not. However, the years spent at Wendy's were extremely important to Lyn.
She took pride in her work, her interactions with her customers and her length of service. Even now, her collection of pins is on display. The collection is mostly pins she received from Wendy's, including one for each year she worked there. There are a couple of Balloon Fiesta pins in there as well.
|Lyn's collection of Wendy's pins|
She no longer speaks about working, finding another job or missing her friends from Wendy's. I don't know how much she remembers of her time there. However, we remember. We remember that she was given a chance, encouraged and supported to be a productive employee. We remember she felt she had a place and a purpose in her work. This is just as important for the intellectually disabled as it is for the rest of us.
Thank you Wendy's for the opportunity you gave Lyn.