Meet Gabrielle! Her favorite job in the kitchen is mixing… It’s fun, creative and she gets to try each batch straight out of the mixer, when it’s nice & warm (the best part!). We’re excited to introduce you to another hard working, inspiring woman on our team. Gabrielle just graduated from our program, to move onto full-time employment in security (a dream job for her!).
What has your experience with Ground Up been like? How has it helped your confidence?
It’s made me feel more comfortable in a work setting. This is one of the first times in awhile that I’ve had a more formal job. I feel more comfortable now working in a team setting.
Ground Up has helped a lot with my confidence. I’m in a better place now compared to when I first started. A lot of good things have happened since then and this has been one of them. I love that it is consistent.
What does it mean to you to have a job and be back in the workforce?
I feel a productive member of society. I feel more connected to society and like I’m doing something to help. And this is a really cool job because the space we work in is eco-friendly.
What is the community at Ground Up like? What does having this community mean to you?
I feel like it’s nurturing. It’s healthy and positive, and there is a lot of room to grow. I can move forward confidently knowing I did a good job here. And even if I make mistakes, it’s okay.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to urban hike. My friends and I walk around in the city, take pictures, go to a coffee shop.
What is your favorite Ground Up nut butter flavor + favorite way to enjoy it?
I like the coffee flavors... Almond Mocha CBD and Espresso Stout. My favorite way to eat nut butter is when it’s warm.
What do you hope to do after Ground Up / what is your dream job?
I’m trying to work towards blue collar, mainly firefighting. I also want to go to college. My next step will be an internship with Portland Youth Builders Construction.