Barvelle was coming home after a long period of incarceration. Always possessed of a “work drive,” he was looking for a place where he could rebuild skills and habits that had been dulled by years in prison. He found that place at Baker Industries. “Baker has given me the opportunity to focus and grow,” says Barvelle. “I better understand who I am.” Piece by piece, Barvelle has been assembling a new life back home in Philadelphia which makes him happy.
Taminko came to Baker Industries after learning about our workforce development program through her roommate. Taminko quickly showed herself to be a force of strength, positivity, and dedication. She fell in love with how “Baker helps the underdogs.” In Taminko’s words, “Baker is giving me a second chance where society wouldn’t, because of my record. They’re helping me better my own life and make a good, honest living.”
Ethan has been working at Baker Industries since 2003 due to disability. A tall and affable guy, Ethan has a variety of talents, one of which is playing the harmonica. A big part of Baker’s mission is providing opportunity and a sense of purpose for adults like Ethan. Ethan feels good about doing his part to help with the pandemic, and says, “I am glad to be able to work here. I can earn money to pay the bills. I probably would not be able to work anywhere else.”
Rachel joined Baker Industries in 2014, seeking a caring workplace where her talent and social skills could shine. Rachel has performed a wide range of jobs at Baker, including serving as group leader of mail and labeling activities. A big fan of Disney, she is always up for a chat about the latest animated movies and classic TV sitcoms. According to Rachel: “I love working with my friends. At Baker, everyone listens to me and is supportive.”