Transitional Employment Program at Work

Abriana Ritenour, District Manager with Arbonne

Abriana Ritenour sought supportive life skill services while enrolled in the Transitional Employment Program within WCA’s Workforce Development Services as she was facing unstable living conditions heading into the colder months and limited social/emotional support. She enthusiastically expressed her interest in receiving guidance with life skill building in the areas of self-confidence, emotional resiliency, goal setting, and problem solving.

Utilizing client-directed coaching, she met regularly with her Case Manager, Kathy Rivera, to discuss her challenges, review progress, and modify her target tasks when needed. Abriana was self-motivated, highly engaged, and responded positively to constructive feedback. She exemplified the emerging young adult seeking to rise above perceived barriers to become more successful in her journey of self-sufficiency; this is commonly referred to in modern terms as “adulting.”

Abriana blossomed in her self-identified life skill goals grounded in a therapeutic non-clinical approach. Although her full-time employment situation changed after she left the program, she has established herself as a District Manager with Arbonne, an online sales company marketing makeup, nutrition, skin care, and hair care. She also reconnected with family while seeking increased opportunities for positive social connections to further her personal life goals.