Alan Cohen at work
Alan Cohen at work
Alan Cohen at work

For Alan Cohen, working at his job is the highlight of his week. While many people hit snooze on their alarm clock, slowly get out of bed, and unenthusiastically head to their daily work, Alan Cohen has quite a different outlook. Mr. Cohen, who lives in Ohel Bais Ezra’s Avenue M residence, races to his job four days a week.

As a sign of his appreciation and gratitude for his job, Alan wakes up and excitedly walks to Navar Pharmacy, located on the corner of Avenue M and Nostrand Avenue, where he has been working for the past year. With the help of Ohel Bais Ezra and Alan’s job coach, Mordechai, Alan interviewed and was able to secure a job at the pharmacy. Alan’s responsibilities include organizing the placement of various items, checking inventory, and restocking the shelves when products run low.

When David, the owner of Navar Pharmacy, was asked about Alan’s work ethic, he said that he was one of the hardest working people he’s met. He said Alan is a real team player, and works very well with the rest of the staff.

Mordechai, Alan’s job coach, said about him working at Navar Pharmacy, “Alan has immersed himself in the retail activities of the store with extensive exposure to all of its varied product and services. During his daily shift, he relishes the moment when he reads aloud a product’s six-digit control number, expiration date, number of units/weight, and price. As one of his supervisors recently exclaimed about him, Alan has come a long way.”

When Alan was asked what his favorite part of the job at the pharmacy is, without hesitation, he immediately responded, “I love it. I like all of the people that work here, I like all of the different jobs I have to do, and I like all of the customers who shop here.” And then Alan added, as an afterthought, “Oh, and I get paid every Thursday.”

Many people don’t appreciate their jobs, and grudgingly leave their house to go to work. They view it as another chore they must complete before the day is finished, and indifferently perform their daily tasks. However, we can learn a great lesson from Alan, who wouldn’t trade anything for the job that he has. No matter what position you are in, or what responsibilities you have, nothing should be taken for granted.

Ohel Bais Ezra provides employment opportunities for dedicated, hardworking individuals. To learn more about Ohel Bais Ezra’s recruitment opportunities, or if your company can use the skills and services of a loyal employee, please contact Ohel at 800-603-Ohel,, or visit v


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