Alex worked with Julie Guzman, an Employment Specialist with UCP's Employment Solutions, to get a job at Parr lumber. As Julie says, “Work is so much more than a paycheck. It's the ability to be socially active, to meet new people, to build friendships, to grow."
Alex experiences Fragile X Syndrome, but doesn't let it hold him back. As Julie says, "Alex is just an amazing guy. He has significant challenges, but he is so resilient, and he just overcomes them with his personality, with his enthusiasm and he is one of the hardest workers I know."
Chris Hansen, the Parr district manager, says that he doesn't know who "gained more from the experience, my guys or Alex, or myself. It was just completely a good experience all around.”