After a neck injury left him unable to work in 2014, Aver Thompson experienced depression from being unable to engage in meaningful activities and hobbies. He missed being a part of a team and felt bad that he wasn’t able to help his parents with household expenses. Aver underwent surgery and for 6 months he participated in physical therapy three days a week to regain his stamina, balance, and strength.
In February of 2016, Aver was referred for vocational rehabilitation services at Goodwill. Aver’s program was developed so he could learn skills required for fabrication jobs while also developing the stamina required to maintain employment. He fully participated in the development of his program and demonstrated strong initiative to secure employment. The trainers and supervisors at his community work site were impressed by Aver’s work ethic. Due to his hard work and determination he is now working full-time at G-Force Technologies as a fabricator. Aver takes pride in his job creating insulation components which are shipped to Gulfstream. His supervisors report that he is a model employee who shows great promise. His positive attitude and dedication to excellence make him a valued team member.