Job Developers Collaborate to Develop a Unique and Thriving Partnership with a Local Restaurant
The word collaboration is defined as, "the action of working with someone to produce or create something." This is something that we work towards every day in the Employment Collaboratives. Through the North East Employment Collaborative, we have had the pleasure of seeing this at its finest.
During the lead sharing portion of our job developers' meetings, job developers go around the table and share leads for positions that they have found that they are unable to fill or sustain with their clients. In one of these meetings, we uncovered a lead that we like to call a "bird in the hand." This was a job lead for an enclave that had already been fully developed. This was a gift, not a job lead! The opportunity was with an awesome pizza restaurant in Beverly called Prides Deli & Pizzeria.
The job was created by Bridgewell (a partner agency) and the responsibilities involved shopping at the Restaurant Depot for groceries and then delivering the items to Prides Deli, three days per week. Shortly after a variety of individuals participated in the job assignment, it was clear the environment was too stimulating for the majority of participants involved. It wasn’t due to the complexity of the job tasks, but the sensory overload that caused challenges with the group of individuals. With that in consideration, Marc Jamieson from Bridgewell knew he could share this opportunity with another agency from the Collaborative that may have participants that are not as sensitive to the stimulating environment. As he discussed this opportunity with the group, there was great interest expressed by multiple agencies. Marc met with representatives from those agencies after the meeting to explain the procedure and resources needed. Noah Venuti from American Training, Inc. took advantage of this opportunity and enthusiastically explained that he had the resources and passionate individuals who would excel with this type of job assignment!
This is how it started, from pure collaboration. The transition process took a couple of months to complete; contract proposal reviews, multiple job shadow trainings, and other logistical adjustments needed to be coordinated internally between both agencies involved. Through everyone’s efforts, this opportunity was successfully handed over on May 6th, 2019.
“It’s been great working with Noah from American Training, Inc. during this transition phase. He’s been extremely responsive and instrumental towards the successful hand off of this opportunity. We appreciate Prides Deli owner Mike Magner for welcoming this change and giving other individuals with disabilities the chance to work as well!” stated Jamieson from Bridgewell.
So the next time you are in Beverly, please stop by Prides Deli & Pizzeria, as they are a wonderful establishment that has given individuals served by our programs a unique opportunity to work and flourish!
Through the CVS Health Training Program, Sarah Advances her Job Skills and Social Skills to Work Independently in a Community Setting
Sarah was our partner Minute Man Arc's first participant in the CVS Health Abilities and Abundance Program provided through the NorthEast Employment Collaborative. Sarah enjoyed all components of the 10-week program, and found the Soft Skills Workshop most useful as it provided instructional knowledge pertaining to customer interaction.
Through the program, Sarah learned how to network and furthered her interviewing skills tenfold. Sarah’s favorite part about the 40-hour internship at CVS was being a part of a team and learning the entire task key experience guide. Her favorite job task was returning items to the shelves, and her most-liked experience was going to the CVS Health Learning Center in Boston and participating in cashier training.
The CVS Health Abilities and Abundance program was an excellent way for Sarah to further advance both her work skills and social skills in order to work independently in a community setting. This program pushed Sarah to be her best self. She even picked up evening hours, which previously had not been possible. All in all, Sarah is grateful she had the opportunity to participate in the program, and is excited to apply all she’s learned to her new part-time position at the CVS store in Acton MA.