“Alex has always been known as a hard worker and he is really beginning to show his personality around here, letting us know what is on his mind. I would say he seems more confident” says Shirley Jenson of Cornerstone’s Packaging Plus, who has known Alex Russnogle for many years. Alex experiences hearing, visual, speech, and intellectual differences, and so it is especially encouraging that he is increasingly better able to communicate his concerns and interests.
Packaging Plus Manager Joe Battrick says that Alex generally works with card board recycling but also does labeling for Oregon Freeze Dry products and on occasion works on our Color Wheel assembly contracts. “Alex is so conscientious, he doesn’t like to leave work assignments uncompleted, he works until the job is done, he is really detail oriented.” In addition to learning employment related skills Alex has benefited from developing more effective social skills and Joe believes that this has really increased Alex’s level of independence. “Alex functions independently at all his jobs, a great example is in cardboard recycling. Alex keeps an eye on all aspects of the job, monitoring it without staff support. He is very independent”.
While Alex is recognized for his work ethic, he also gives back to the community as a volunteer. Alex serves as role model we can all relate to.