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JaWanda’s Story

JaWanda’s Story

JaWanda has been working in Fueled by AF’s kitchen since the Fall of last year. Her story of recovery has been nothing short of extraordinary.

The Accident

In 2009, on JaWanda's way home, another driver hit her car on the highway. The result of this accident left JaWanda in a coma for three months. The accident affected her memory and left her unable to walk and perform other activities of daily life. After 3 years of extensive rehab and recovery, JaWanda regained her ability to eat, walk, talk, and perform other activities. She now lives independently.


Securing a Job

After the accident and rehabilitation, JaWanda found that it was incredibly difficult to secure a job. She applied to several jobs and did not hear back. JaWanda came across our job posting for Fueled in November while at the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse. In excitement for work after 12 long years of waiting for a job, she received her first callback from Fueled to start in December of 2021. After having an interview with our owner, Angelica, she was hired two days before Christmas to work on a rotating schedule.

Her time at Fueled by AF

Since then, JaWanda has never missed an opportunity to work in our kitchen. She has never missed a shift and is the first person to cover for another employee that is not able to work. She has stated that Fueled by AF helped fulfill her passion for work and she is thankful to be surrounded by good people. JaWanda is dedicated, intelligent, kind, and one of the most hardworking individuals we have ever met. JaWanda says that her favorite part of work is mixing the ingredients together to make our protein bites while listening to soft jazz and gospel music. JaWanda’s favorite flavor of our protein bites is Coconut Chocolate Almond.


Our Mission
We are so honored to have employees like JaWanda. She has been an incredible part of our team and we are so thankful that she has chosen to work with us. In 2021, only 19.1% of people with a disability were employed. At Fueled by AF, our mission is to make the world more accessible and to provide as many versatile employment opportunities (& snack options!) to those with disabilities. Our vision is to create a work community where regardless of disabilities your skillset can shine.

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