Simeon Garcia, a student in Salem-Keizer's Community Transition Program, recently got a job at Safeway that he said has helped him put into practice the skills he’s learned through the program.

This is part of a weekly series introducing readers to individuals who are passionate about our Mid-Valley community.

Working at Safeway isn’t just a job for Simeon Garcia. It’s a source of independence and a chance for him to serve the community.

Garcia works a few days a week as a service courtesy clerk at Safeway’s Center Street store, organizing shelves, bagging groceries and collecting carts, among other responsibilities. He previously trained at other organizations such as Walgreens and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

“Everyone really impacts me,” he said. “The employees … the customers. They know I can work with them well and they know that I am a nice person.”

Garcia, 20, is a student in Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ Community Transition Program, known as CTP.

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