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A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness$

Deborah R. Becker and Robert E. Drake

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131215.001.0001

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(p.179) Appendix 4: Sample Letters to Employers

(p.179) Appendix 4: Sample Letters to Employers

Source:
A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Sample Employment Specialist Thank You Letter

January 1, 2005

Mr. Juan Castillo

Stop N Shop Grocery

4141 Parkway

Chesterfield, IL 33210

Dear Mr. Castillo,

Thank you very much for taking the time to meet with me today in regards to Maria Franco’s application for a cashier position at Stop N Shop. While you stated that there are no openings at this time, I encourage you to consider Ms. Franco for future cashier positions. She is interested in working at Stop N Shop Grocery in particular because she lives in the neighborhood. I believe you will find her to be a reliable and responsible employee.

I will contact you again about future openings for her. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Julia Perez

Employment Specialist

(p.180) Sample Employment Specialist Thank You Letter

June 1, 2005

Mr. John Smith

Hopkins Nursing Home

1122 Main Street

River, CA 11234

Dear Mr. Smith,

Thank you for meeting with me this afternoon to discuss the possibility of hiring Stan Johnson for a part-time kitchen helper position at Hopkins Nursing Home. Stan is looking forward to meeting you to learn more about the nursing home and the kitchen helper position.

As I mentioned to you during our meeting, Stan has experience in the food service industry. In the past, he has held positions including dishwasher, food prep worker, and chef. He is interested in returning to work in a part-time position as soon as possible. I believe that two of his strengths are that he is both reliable and responsible. As we discussed, I will continue working with Stan to support him as he returns to work. Also, I will stay in touch with you regarding his work performance if he is hired. I believe that this is a terrific opportunity for Stan and that he will prove to be a valuable employee.

Again, thank you for your time and consideration of Stan Johnson.

Sincerely,

Amy Snyder

Employment Specialist

(p.181) Sample Client Thank You Letter

June 1, 2005

Mr. John Smith

Hopkins Nursing Home

1122 Main Street

River, CA 11234

Dear Mr. Smith,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me this afternoon to discuss the possibility of a part-time kitchen helper position at Hopkins Nursing Home. As we discussed, I have experience working in the food service industry. I would welcome the opportunity to work at Hopkins Nursing Home. Please let me know if you need any further information regarding my job application.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Stan Johnson

(p.182) Sample Employment Specialist Thank You Letter After 1 Month

August 1, 2005

Mr. John Smith

Hopkins Nursing Home

1122 Main Street

River, CA 11234

Dear Mr. Smith,

I want to thank you for the support that you and others at Hopkins Nursing Home have given to Stan Johnson to help him work in the part-time kitchen helper position. While he had a few difficulties getting started in the job, the staff at Hopkins Nursing Home has been very kind to him and supportive of his efforts. In particular, his supervisor, Sherry Arnold, has been helpful in making sure that Stan understands his job duties. Because of Stan’s memory difficulties, she listed his job tasks on a poster that he is able to check each workday to be sure that he has completed the tasks. Sometimes a small accommodation can make a world of difference for someone in completing his job!

Stan sometimes has difficulty expressing his thoughts and emotions. I can assure you that he is very grateful for this position. He is proud of his work and glad to be an employee of Hopkins Nursing Home.

I look forward to our continued collaboration.

Sincerely,

Amy Snyder

Employment Specialist