Client Profile - Parks

In this month’s newsletter, the Supported Employment Program would like to spotlight our client Parks M., who received an internship at Smart and Final in Redondo Beach on April 10th, 2017. Over the past year, Parks has worked hard maintaining the store, completing tasks like facing the aisles, collecting the carts, and restocking the cleaning supplies as he has worked his way toward a proper placement (i.e. transition from his position as an intern to a Smart and Final employee). A little under a year later, on April 2nd, 2018, all of Parks hard work had finally paid off as Smart and Final offered him a job.


Parks is an enthusiastic worker who loves assisting all customers, especially those who currently are serving or have served our country. Whenever a veteran walks by, Parks graciously thanks them for their service before helping them with anything they might need. It’s moments like these that make his day, not just helping veterans specifically, but helping people, all people, find what they’re looking for. Parks appreciates his job not only because it gives him something to accomplish every week, but it allows him to directly help make other people’s lives just that much easier. So next time you shop at Smart and Final, keep an eye out for Parks, and if you’re lucky enough to see him, let him help you find what you’re looking for, which he will happily do.