One of our staff members, Corey (not Sliwerski), reflects on his experiences as his time here at Corey’s Closet comes to a close. His favorite part about working at the Closet is interacting with employees and customers.
“I like to see the customers’ joy,” Corey said, “and make people smile.”
The mission of Corey’s Closet has helped Corey to work with people who have developmental disabilities. “I think it’s great! I like to be here and support Corey [Sliwerski],” Corey said.
As an individual who has Down’s Syndrome, Corey has been vocal about encouraging those who have developmental disabilities. The most important part of being unique, according to Corey, is staying true during tough times.
“Even though it’s hard sometimes, still smile,” Corey said.
We wish Corey well with all of his future endeavors and celebrate the time he spent with us.
Learning new things and being involved in a welcoming community has helped Myah, one of our employees, become a better version of herself. Myah had been looking for a job and was asked to consider applying to Corey’s Closet by one of their longtime employees, who happened to be a close friend of Myah’s.
“My best friend wanted me to try this job and work with her,” Myah said. “I didn’t realize I would meet so many caring people in this community along the way.”
Myah jumped into a position here at Corey’s Closet during autumn in 2020. Since then, she has become the volunteer job coach and is zealous in her work.
“My job at this small nonprofit business has been so meaningful,” Myah said. “The people who work here are cheerful and energetic.”
Besides guiding volunteers and constantly tagging clothing, Myah enjoys doing odd jobs or simply welcoming customers. She has found her workplace to be an optimistic space where change is encouraged for the benefit of those around her, from rearranging household items to creating more efficient spaces for volunteers to thrive.
“It’s exciting to be in a place where the management is open to trying new things,” Myah said.
Corey himself has been an inspiration to Myah. Corey’s Closet was founded by his parents, who give job skills to those with developmental disabilities here at the store. Corey teaches others how to shine in this organization where every customer, volunteer, and employee is valued. His humor and friendliness have encouraged Myah to “go with the flow” and provide opportunities to her volunteers as well.
“Not every day is easy, but everyone here has taught me so much,” Myah said. “It’s super exciting to see people grow and learn new skills.”