Alex Baldwin partnered with Tubs Alive this winter to keep business moving during the snow storms

Alex Baldwin partnered with Tubs Alive this winter to keep business moving during the snow storms

This winter’s heavy snowfall took its toll on many Central Oregon businesses and homeowners. For

Sunriver-based Tubs Alive, a company that provides hot tub maintenance and sales, snow removal was becoming a barrier to business.

In order for Tubs Alive shop manager Caitlin Levison to keep her clients served and her team in action, she needed help with snow removal. That’s when Jason Aleksey, Educational Assistant with La Pine High School’s Transition Program stepped in to recommend Alex Baldwin, 19, as a possible solution.

The LPHS transition program helps young adults with special needs learn job skills, find employment and live independent lives. Aleksey, a family friend of Levison suggested the partnership.

“We knew Alex would be a hard worker and would gain valuable work experience at the same time,” said Aleksey. “It worked out great for everyone.”

Baldwin began working for Tubs Alive for a small stipend, but Levison quickly put him on the payroll through the winter because he was such a dependable and hard working employee.

“He showed up early every day and was always asking for more hours,” said Levison. He was so dedicated and it was awesome to have someone with such a good spirit and good energy on our team.”

Levison said Baldwin was always the first to arrive at work and the last to leave.

“It was really humbling and special to have him here. His work was crucial to our getting through this winter and you could just see his sense of self worth grow. He was such a pleasure to work with. I would work with him again anytime,” said Levison.

Tubs Alive owner, Rebecca Kossler added that she would encourage all business owners to explore partnerships with school-based life skills and transition programs.

“It’s difficult to find hard-working employees that have drive and a true desire to work. Alex always did the most he could do, not the least he had to,” said Kossler. “And his positive attitude was contagious. He always had a smile on his face and was excited to be part of our team. It boosted morale for all of us.”

Tubs Alive owner, Rebecca Kossler added that she would encourage all business owners to explore partnerships with school-based life skills and transition programs.

“It’s difficult to find hard-working employees that have drive and a true desire to work. Alex always did the most he could do, not the least he had to,” said Kossler. “And his positive attitude was contagious. He always had a smile on his face and was excited to be part of our team. It boosted morale for all of us.”