Tori started receiving residential and employment support services through Interact in 2003. With the help of a job coach, Tori hit the trail searching for a job. It took a few months, but she was hired by Shoprite in Germantown to work a counter position, and worked there until the store closed in 2006. Six months later, she found another position with Shoprite, this time in South Philly. She was named Employee of the Month, but she wanted to work closer to home, so she started searching again. During her time between jobs, Tori worked as a member of the paid on-call staff at Interact’s administrative offices, where she would help with answering phones and filing. Tori enjoys working and is well liked by everyone because of her positive attitude and work ethic. She was hired by McDonald’s, where she was voted Employee of the Month, and she recently moved to Applebee’s in Andorra where she is making more money! On her days off, Tori likes to visit with her mom and her friends. Ask Tori about her experiences and she’ll tell you, “My life is full and this makes me very happy!” Tori Is Worth It!!!!! – In 2014 Tori’s story became part of the State Capital Campaign I am Worth it PA. The State Capitol Rotunda was filled with large, bright posters highlighting amazing Pennsylvanians…..individuals supported by PAR member organizations. Each poster introduced viewers to someone living in, working in, or enjoying their community; that someone also happened to have autism or an intellectual disability…Tori receives services from Interact and was featured on one of those posters!
Tori’s Story (Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services)