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Jerry Pogue

Obstacles never get in his way

Next time you get a package from Amazon, it’s possible Jerry Pogue helped get it to you.

The Lynn resident started working as a warehouse agent at Amazon Fulfillment in Everett in the summer of 2016 and does his job to make sure packages get to where they need to go on time.

“We’re always busy here,” said Jerry. “I like it.”

Jerry landed the Amazon job after he was referred to Goodwill’s Job Training Center in Salem by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Working with a Goodwill job specialist, Jerry quickly found the position.

Jerry suffers from epilepsy, but says “it doesn’t get in my way.” To get to the Amazon warehouse in Everett, he has to take two buses, a train and walk for about 15 minutes but he is never late.

Obstacles aren’t something Jerry worries about. He goes over them and moves forward.

Program helps young people get jobs

Shadair Kemp has never let obstacles get in his way. Born with a developmental and physical disability, Shadair has to use crutches in order to get around. But they are just a fact of life, not a hindrance. “I don’t let my crutches hold me back from doing anything that I want to do,” Shadair said.

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