And now, a Bonny and Brian interview!
Hello everyone! We last spoke to you about our shipping team. Now we’re going to go in depth and speak with our All-Star shipping leaders Brian and Bonny about what it’s like to work with Peaceful Fruits. We asked them a few questions, here’s what they had to say:
1.) How did you first hear about/how did you get started with Peaceful Fruits?
Bonny: Peg Haas who was a Blick Center board member suggested that Evan talk to me about his business plan– because I am good at thinking “outside of the box.” Peg and Andy had met Evan at a farmer’s market and suggested that he should consider including people with developmental disabilities in his plan.
Brian: I first heard, and saw, about Peaceful Fruits the moment I began working at Blick Center in 2015. On my first day, I got to sit in on a “Labeling Session” and the rest is history. I hear that it was not too long before I started that Blick Center (then Blick Clinic) and Evan got together and began helping clients, but I feel like their connection had been ongoing for years before I started.
2.) What does your Peaceful Fruits work day look like?
Bonny: It is a whirlwind of activity! We work with clients on labeling, packaging and shipping out product. Usually – several people are working on all of the different tasks in the same work room at the same time.
Brian: The clients I work with have their own “work schedule” and arrive at their scheduled times; clean their work areas; gather supplies, materials, tools, and products; set themselves up for the 1 hour – 1.5 hour session; and began putting labels on products. We also screen products for quality control which comes naturally as they are quite familiar with the products and how they should look and feel. We also package products in a variety of ways as requested by Evan and the Peaceful Fruits team. We might have 1 or 2 clients counting product; another double checking the counts; another placing products into said packages; and finally those packages being packaged into larger boxes to ease distribution.
3.) When asked about our new flavors, Bonny and Brian were on the same page! What’s your favorite flavor fruit snack?
Bonny: Pineapple – but I can’t wait to try the new flavors!
Brian: I honestly like both about the same but I have to say that I am really looking forward to tasting the new flavors coming out soon.
4.) What's the best thing about working for Peaceful Fruits?
Bonny: Being a part of fulfilling the “social good” company mission and helping to create the Peaceful Fruits team at Blick. This has been an overwhelmingly positive opportunity for the individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health issues that we serve.
Brian: The best thing about working with Peaceful Fruits is that I get to see growth in the clients regarding their self-confidence, maturity, and overall happiness. It is a very cool project/business from top to bottom with so many people being helped along the way, it is just an honor to be a part of it.
5.) Our final question is a fun one: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
Bonny: 1950 – I never got to meet either of my grandmothers – so this would be a time when they were still living active lives.
Brian: 1968! Always attracted to that “muscle car” era. Maybe I would get to see my 68 Mustang Convertible one last time…
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about Super Stars Bonny and Brian!
~Have a great day out there!