When the lunch crowd exits the cafeteria at Toccoa Falls College, students being their trek back to class and Don Curtis Brumley begins his work regimen. He gets the temperatures on the facility's industrial dishwasher just right, begins stocking items throughout the serving areas and kitchen and hauls giant bags of tea and sugar to create the sweet tea students devour at mealtime. To keep more than 800 students fed, the cafeteria and its staff work constantly on behind-the-scenes tasks and logistics. Brumley is a key part of the team's success.
Before he became a crucial cog in the college's food service process, Brumley completed Goodwill of North Georgia's Work Evaluation and Work Adjustment program. His cognitive disability made it challenging for him to stay focused in a work setting, and he was referred to Goodwill through Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation. Goodwill and the college's food services department work together to make sure individuals with disabilities like Brumley have the opportunity to find meaningful work and support their community.
A part-time employee at the cafeteria for more than a year and a half, Brumley not only executes his job as he's supposed to, but he takes ownership in it. Long after the bustle dies down and the cafeteria closes its doors for the evening, he is able to return home knowing he helped feed hundreds of students. And through his path to employment had its obstacles, Brumley continues to learn, grow and give with conviction.