Each October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to raise awareness about disability employment and celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This week, at the NDEAM Awards Breakfast, Cardinal McCloskey was recognized for its work in this area. Through the efforts of our Supported Employment Team, we have successfully helped 15 individuals to gain employment. One such individual known to many of us here at CMCS is Ivica, who was awarded Employee of the Year!
Two of “our” employers were honored at the Breakfast as well. Melissa Byrne of JingleNog has employed members of our Supported Employment program for over 4 years now and was awarded Employer of the Year! Shawmell Long and the CMCS Courtlandt office were also recognized in their support of Ivica and given a certificate of merit for their efforts in disability employment.
Congratulations not only to Ivica, Melissa, Shawmell and the Courtlandt team for their part as employee and employers in support of our program, but to the entire supported employment team who helped make this happen! They demonstrate every day what it means to be a team and have together helped us reach our goal – The wildly important goal of helping more and more individuals gain employment – which is so much more than that. The impact employment has on one’s self-esteem and one’s sense of belonging is immeasurable.
We would like to salute the men and women in our supported employment program who strive to enjoy a rich, productive life, which includes employment, and those men and women who are behind the scenes coaching and supporting these individuals on their journey. This team includes Danielle Moccia, Sunny Shiga, Lindsey Saricas, Jonathan Girardat, Ondrea Hawkins, Terril Welsh, Sam Lamonoff, and Kim Crawford. Congratulations to all!