Briana Bergeron’s ability to learn new job tasks quickly and her solid work ethic make her a valued employee at the Taco John’s restaurant where she has worked three days a week since July 2016.
Her Employment Innovations co-workers, with whom she cleans a number of business sites throughout East Central Minnesota two days a week, are equally impressed with her reliability and hard work. In the summer, Briana has also worked on lawn crews throughout the area.
Briana came to Rise’s Employment Innovations program in Lindstrom in August 2014 for career planning and employment services. She seems to thrive on the variety of work and enjoys variety in her work week.
“At Taco John’s, I take orders and run the cash register, work at the drive-through window, do some food prep and clean the lobby and dining room areas,” she said proudly. “I have really nice co-workers and I think they like the work I do.”
She also noted that “Taco Tuesdays” is an especially busy day in the restaurant and one of her favorite days to work.
The Taco John manager who hired and worked with Briana at the Forest Lake restaurant praised Briana’s diligence and positive attitude and noted that guests frequently compliment her on her great work ethic and friendliness.
Katie Miller, Rise employment support specialist, checks in with Briana about once a week to help ensure everything continues to go well on the job.
A 2012 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School, Briana lives in a group home with two roommates. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and TV, listening to music, playing computer games, reading her Bible and participating in activities at her church.
She has also competed in bowling and swimming in Special Olympics since 2007. She swims in the breast stroke, backstroke, front crawl, and freestyle events with her team, Flyaway Gold.