Success for many at Hy-Vee!

Meet Brianna and Mohamed, both successful employees at Hy-Vee in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Both started training at the store in July after being hired on the spot during a job fair. They both truly love their jobs at Hy-Vee!

Brianna is a Bakery Clerk at Hy-Vee. While she’s on the job she helps customers in the bakery, hands out samples, slices bagels and packages products. She absolutely loves working at Hy-Vee! “Hy-Vee is very accommodating to people with disabilities. Everyone is helpful and friendly here,” says Brianna. “You are heard by the managers and always feel like you have a voice.” Before working at Hy-Vee, Brianna worked at Goodwill, but thinks Hy-Vee is the best. Liking a job is very important to Brianna, as she deals with mental health issues. “It’s easy to come to work everyday because I really like my job.” In her free time, Brianna likes to hang out with friends, family and her dog, as well as going to concerts.

Mohamed works in customer service, bagging groceries for customers and sometimes assisting with carts. He enjoys the “brand-new” store atmosphere of Hy-Vee and his nice co-workers. He is one busy guy- working 6 days a week at both Hy-Vee and Goodwill, where he cleans the fitting rooms and stocks new product. Mohamed said his livelihood is working but his long-term goal is to be fulltime at Hy-Vee. In his free time, Mohamed likes to draw, play video games and take walks.

Jeana Gschwind is both Brianna and Mohamed’s Opportunity Services job coach. She was thrilled when they were both hired on the spot at Hy-Vee’s job fair. Jeana assisted with their initial training before the store opened and was even included in the new store photo taken in August! “Hy-Vee has been very welcoming of me as a job coach and extremely supportive of both Brianna and Mohamed,” says Jeana. “Working at Hy-Vee is amazing opportunity for anyone.” We look forward to the continued success of Brianna and Mohamed at Hy-Vee for years to come!