As our mission implies, BloomBack aims to spread love and hope to marginalised individuals. Here are the stories of our beneficiaries who have defied all odds and shine as resilient and skilled individuals today, making them role models to those around them.
Junior is the Operations Executive at BloomBack.
He was born with profound hearing loss on both sides and had trouble speaking clearly from a young age. Although he is using hearing aids, he still faces situations where people do not understand him due to the lack of clarity in his speech.
After completing his studies at Republic Polytechnic, he started looking out for jobs. However, his physical impairments definitely affected his chances of landing in one. He then came across BloomBack, which welcomed him with open arms – something that he never experienced since he stepped into the workforce. The team accepted him for who he is and believed in his talents. He was given responsibilities which he never thought that he would get, such as customer service, HR and order fulfilment.
Junior smashed the stigma that people with hearing impairment can only take on certain roles. With all his courage and perseverance, he broke the barriers and built on his confidence by interacting with colleagues, customers, and clients. His communication skills have improved tremendously and there have been many instances where Junior was praised for his excellent service by both customers and his teammates.
Alan is the Operations Assistant at BloomBack.
Alan and his 2 sisters were raised by their single mum with limited support from their extended family and friends. The broken family environment took a toll on Alan’s emotional state. To make himself feel better, he made friends who gladly welcomed him into their circle where he felt a sense of security. However, he did not know what he was getting into and began to be influenced by his peers to get involved in fights and abuse drugs as a means of escaping reality.
Unfortunately, Alan was arrested for the crimes he and his friends had committed. He spent a painful time in prison where he had the chance to reflect on his life. He came out more determined than ever to turn his life around. To get back on his feet, he started looking for jobs. However, the label as an ex-offender did not do any good. He was rejected multiple times that eventually, he gave up hope. He was almost certain that he would never step into the workforce. These negative thoughts engulfed him and before he knew it, Alan was diagnosed with depression.
It was during this time where he was given the golden opportunity to work at BloomBack, a very young social enterprise then. He never hesitated to join the team and it was indeed a life-changing opportunity for him.
“Initially I wasn’t motivated to work and the depressive episodes resurfaced at times. But my team at BloomBack has been very understanding and supportive, and helped me see myself in a positive light, which I’m thankful for! I have changed for the better and will never let myself be associated with negative influence again.”
Today, Alan plays a key role in BloomBack and has begun to financially support himself. From carrying out quality control checks to completing the orders, his contribution and attitude towards his work is commendable. Moreover, his ever smiley face and friendly disposition brightens up the mood in the office everyday.
Do continue to support our beneficiaries like Junior and Alan by shopping with us and sharing your positive feedback, which will further encourage them and help boost their mental health and confidence. Read about our other beneficiaries and floral artisans, Aunty Alice and Faith here.