There’s nothing like being greeted by a familiar, friendly face. Shoppers at the A & P in Brewster don’t even have to be inside the store for their warm reception from Joey, who has been a lot attendant for two years.
A 2009 graduate from Brewster High School, Joey came to CAREERS for assistance in finding his first job, and was eager to join the A & P staff. His diverse tasks include bringing in carts from the parking lot, maintaining the cleanliness of the front entrance and keeping the bottle machines in working order. His strong work ethic and willingness to accept any task assigned is appreciated by his manager and the rest of the A&P staff, who all consider him a valuable member of their team.
Seeing people he knows is a highlight for both Joey and his friends in the community; they are happy to see him and his efforts make their shopping experience that much more pleasant.
Neither Black Friday nor the Christmas rush could keep recent Westchester Exceptional Children’s School (WEC) grad Nicholas from excelling at his new job at Big Lots in Cortlandt Manor.
Hoping to get a job in maintenance after attending some BOCES classes, Nicholas came to CAREERS in November, and our staff quickly placed him in the type of position he had hoped to attain. After 40 hours of intensive job training over 2 months with his CAREERS Employment Specialist Mary Filipponi, Nicholas mastered all aspects of his job.
His pleasant, friendly demeanor made him a natural at customer service, a valuable skill during the busy holiday season. When he moved to this next job, he only needed to be shown a task once to know what to do, including utilizing technology from the time clock and inventory control.
Attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond what is expected, including polishing the stores furniture without being asked, prompts his manager, John, to say Nicholas “does a great job, nothing fazes him.” Most importantly — Nicholas loves his job and is proud of what he is doing.
Ellen came to CAREERS in 1991 and our staff has assisted her in obtaining and maintaining several different jobs doing a variety of tasks over the past 22 years. In 1996, CAREERS staff found a great fit for Ellen at the Gap store inMt.Kisco. The staff appreciates her efforts as she cleans all three of their stores; The Gap, Gap Kids and baby Gap.
According to Ellen’s CAREERS’ Employment Specialist, “There is a wonderful group of people that work at the Gap; everyone truly cares about Ellen”. With the support of her co-workers and CAREERS’ staff, Ellen recently celebrated her 16th anniversary of employment at The Gap! Ellen also goes to physical therapy three days a week to help manage the effects of Cerebral Palsy and knee surgery she had in 2008.
Since she first came to CAREERS, Ellen has gone from living at home and looking for work to having a job she loves and living with friends in a supported apartment in Mt.Kisco.