Job Seeker: Barbie Bodin

Barbie is a peppy woman who is eager to put her 4 years of dishwashing experience to use. Barbie worked at Mackinaw’s Restaurant in Washington prior to moving to Springfield. She washed dishes, did some light food prep and cleaned floors while working at Mackinaw’s. When asked what she liked about that job, Barbie responded with “It was easy, I loved doing it, it’s Fun! I like to get it done.”

Barbie says that she is very positive- “I always see the good side”, organized-“I keep all my things in their place”, and a hard worker- ” I just want the job done. I don’t mess around. I’ll do what needs to be done without attitude.”

Barbie has an updated Oregon food handlers’ card and is ready to get to work when she isn’t out hitting the pavement looking for work on her own or with her job developer, Barbie is volunteering at the United Methodist Church, serving food to the homeless.

If you feel that you have room for this outgoing, hardworking, go-getter on your team give Doris Steele a call at (541)484.4666 or email her;



Employ-ment First!


You’ve no doubt seen billboards and LTD buses around town, with the Employment First-“I Work, We Succeed” slogan.  Here’s are a couple of the posters:

Vicki's I work we Succeed posterGeneric DHS I work poster

Curious as to what this is all about?  Well, we made a video about it. Hopefully, you will find it informative.

Don’t hesitate in contacting Pearl Buck Center’s Community Employment Department if you would like to discuss this topic further, or help you figure out how you can get involved. We would love to talk with you,…over tea, perhaps?  ; )  or (541) 484.4666

For more information, check out these links:

Employment First

DHS Employment First

The OregonEmployment Learning Network (OELN)

Association of People Supporting Employment First (ASPE)

GOWise- Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

United States Department of Labor

Oregon’s Employment First Facebook Page

Employment First Facebook Page