#OurPurpose Success Story: Danielle

Danielle works at the Yellow Tag Thrift Store in Green Brook Township, NJ. She found employment there through ACCSES NJ member Arc of Somerset County and Gloria, her job coach. She has been there for nearly two years now and works every day. It’s her responsibly to ensure clothes are hung up correctly and not strewn about the store. She also assists customers with the changing room.

 

“I like to put out the clothes, it’s fun,” Danielle explained. She likes being able to see the new stock and arrange it in the store. She can always be found active and running around the floor making sure everything is in its place.

 

Danielle and Arc Somerset Staff

 

In her spare time, Danielle’s favorite activity is bowling. She is part of a team with her friends and goes regularly. Danielle also takes part in leagues at her local bowling alley. She also enjoys traveling. Recently, she’s visited both California and Florida and explored The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

 

Danielle’s work ethic and positive attitude are well known at the Yellow Tag Thrift Store. She is an incredible person and member of the team. We at ACCSES NJ are blown away by determination and know she will continue to excel in her role there.

 

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Job Opening: Job Developer-Career Development Services

ACCSES NJ Member Employment Horizons is looking to add a Job Developer – Career Development Services to their staff.

 

Employment Horizons: Job Developer – Career Development Services

Full Time

Employment Horizons, a not for profit organization, is seeking a Job Developer for its Career Development Services Division.  This position is responsible for developing community based job placements for people with disabilities primarily in Morris and adjacent counties.  Duties also include providing career guidance, job seeking skills training, and job sampling opportunities.  Job coaching and follow along services will also be provided as assigned.   Candidates must be willing to work occasional night and weekend hours.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):

-BA/BS degree in psychology, marketing or a related field

-Two years’ experience in industry performing sales related work preferred

-Strong presentation skills to individuals and small to large groups

-Excellent time management skills

-Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills

-Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills

-Ability to anticipate a problem and develop strategies in advance

-Agility in multi-tasking

-Excellent organizational skills

-Excellent listening and verbal/written communication skills

-High degree of common sense and good judgment

-Ability to work independently

 

Please send resume with cover letter to jobs@ehorizons.org

 

Employment Horizons is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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Abilities Northwest Summer Internship Program

ACCSES NJ Member Abilities Northwest is offering a paid summer internship program. Students between the ages of 14-21 that live in Warren County will be eligible for admission into the program. The internship will take place over 6 weeks with dates available between June 15 and August 30 with soft skills instruction between September and January.

Students must have transportation to and from work and be willing/able to work independently at the site with employer supervision.

 

How To Sign Up

Students and a guardian must meet with Employment Pathways staff and a representative from the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to complete an interest inventory, admissions paperwork and register with the NJ DVRS.

Students may be required to obtain working papers.

If interested, contact Karen Menke, Employment Services Manager. She can be reached by phone at 908-689-7460 and by email at kmenke@abilitiesnw.com.

 

To view the flyer for the Abilities Northwest Summer Internship Program, Click Here.

To view all job openings at ACCSES NJ, Click Here.

Capital View – Spring 2019

Day on the Hill

We had a very successful Day on the Hill in April. President/CEO Mohsen Badran, along with Government Relations VP Floyd Nesse and Marketing/Communications Director Sal Coppola represented ACCSES NJ for this third annual federal initiative event in Washington, D.C., at which we advocate for policies to enhance job opportunities, work choices and services that benefit people with disabilities.

Capital View – Spring 2019

Job Opening: Shipping & Receiving Associate

ACCSES NJ Member Employment Horizons is looking to add a Shipping/Receiving Associate to their staff.

 

Employment Horizons

Shipping & Receiving Associate

(FULL TIME)

 

Employment Horizons is a not for profit organization seeking to hire a Shipping & Receiving Associate to work in our warehouse located in Cedar Knolls, NJ.  The primary role of this position is to plan, organize, and monitor the receiving, storage, and distribution of all items received and/or shipped from the warehouse.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):

  • High School Diploma or GED (required)
  • Previous forklift and pallet jack experience required
  • Forklift certification preferred
  • Previous experience in a warehouse setting preferred
  • Basic reading and math skills
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications and internet
  • Comfort using heavy work-machinery, office machinery
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Understanding of shipping regulations
  • Organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • First aid/CPR certification or willingness to obtain
  • Must be able to lift, lower, push, and pull items up on a regular basis

 

Interested and qualified applicants should contact Amanda Cortese, Director of Human Resources at 973-538-8822 ext. 265 or jobs@ehorizons.org at their earliest convenience.

 

Employment Horizons is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

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5 Things to Clean This Spring

The winter months are known for harsh conditions outside. As a result, we often track in dirt, mud, salt and other things from outside we don’t want messing up our offices and workspaces. Here are 5 Things to Clean This Spring to ensure your office is at its best for the rest of the year.

 

Carpets

Your carpet probably takes the worst of winter. Everything that you’ve trekked through this winter has ended up absorbed by your carpet! While regular vacuuming can help keep it clean, a comprehensive washing of carpeted areas is necessary to keep your office clean and fresh-smelling!

 

Windows

Believe it or not, your windows are one of the worst victims of the winter months. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, your windows end up with salt, brine, mud and more caked on there for weeks at a time. Unfortunately, windows are also one of the first things visitors see when arriving at your office. Spending the extra money to ensure your windows are properly cleaned allows you to present a great first impression to anyone coming to your space.

 

Floors

Like carpets, your floors also take a beating during the winter months. If not properly managed, slush, dirt and grime can sit on your floor and cause harmful things like mildew and fungi to grow. Being proactive and performing a deep-clean of your floors is the most surefire way to prevent harmful substances from lingering too long and creating massive problems.

 

Building Exterior

With all of the pollen around in the early days of spring, cleaning your building’s exterior is essential. Nobody wants to arrive at an office covered in yellow pollen. Not only is it ugly, but it also contributes to allergy issues for your employees! Committing to power washing your building is necessary in order to keep a clean look and allergy-free environment.

 

Furniture

The furniture in your office collects dust and pollen as well as hiding salt and grime from the winter underneath it. Moving the furniture and hitting those uncommonly cleaned spaces is necessary to do regularly. Otherwise, debris that has entered your office during winter will continue to sit there and begin to cause long-term problems.

If you are interested in receiving a free janitorial consultation from ACCSES NJ, Click Here, and fill out the contact form.

To learn about ACCSES NJ’s investment in Janitorial Technology, Click Here.

To find other areas of your facility to clean this spring, check out the ISSA’s article, “Shake Things up This Spring.”

#OurPurpose Success Story: Terrance

Terrance came to the Easterseals NJ Raritan Valley Work Center in 2004 as a high school graduate whose only work experience was a seasonal job at a department store. Terrance said his main objective at the Center was to “make more money.” In order to reach his goal, Terrance took on the challenge of learning different tasks – some came easily, and others that did not.

While earning his paycheck, Terrance learned many new skills such as material handling, assembling, categorizing, and labeling. In addition to learning these tasks, he worked on his social skills, and basic job seeking skills. He learned things like how to correctly fill out a job application and ways to respond effectively to questions asked during a job interview.

Ultimately, this led to a job opportunity as a material handler loading and unloading trucks at a warehouse. Terrance thrived in this environment, using his new found skills to ease him into the competitive job market. With continued support from the work center, Terrance worked to further develop the traits and characteristics of a valued employee.

As Terrance now seeks new opportunities in the workplace, staff at Easterseals are helping Terrance perfect his resume by helping him identify work areas in which he is qualified. This will serve him well as he pursues other opportunities and help him explore the ways in which he can become more versatile. ACCSES NJ is confident that Terrance will continue to succeed wherever he goes!

 

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#OurPurpose Success Story: Helene

Helene works for the Occupational Training Center of Burlington County. She can often be found in the back of the workshop, rolling cloth and listening to music. She always has her CD player with her and finds that it makes work more fun.

Despite the fact she has a quiet demeanor. She is willing to stop what she’s doing to help her coworkers. Helene also spends time with the new clients at lunch to help them become acclimated to OTC. As a result, she has become an example to others on how to act and conduct themselves in the workshop area.

In her spare time, Helene likes to go to the mall and shop for CDs. Her favorite store to visit is FYE and likes buying soft rock albums.

Helene enjoys her work rolling cloth and sealing them inside of bags. She’s become very proficient and packs it neatly every time. It’s her favorite job to do at OTC. We at ACCSES NJ are very proud of what Helene has accomplished and look forward to hearing about all the amazing work she will continue to do as a role model for other workers.

 

For more information about ACCSES NJ, Click Here.

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#OurPurpose Success Story: James

James originally came to Occupational Training Center of Burlington County in July of 2016 through the Trail Work Program. Unfortunately, he was not able to finish. James decided to try again one year later and succeeded in completing the program in August of 2017. He soon moved into Extended Employment at OTC.

James started out counting and bagging envelopes. He then learned to seal them, a task he mastered quickly. As of late, he has taken on the role of a quiet leader. He ensures that the bundled envelope counts are accurate and makes sure the items are ready for shipment to the vendor. He currently does this five days a week for OTC.

James enjoys coming to work every day. He stated, “I like being around people, I like to feel like I’m contributing something.” His favorite job to do is packaging. He enjoys stacking boxes on the pallet. “I kind of like moving a bit more,” he explained.

Last fall, James participated in a special work internship with a local nursery. He was offered employment with them and will start this month! We at ACCSES NJ are very proud of James’s achievements and wish him luck with his new job.

 

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#OurPurpose Success Story: Jamar

Jamar came to the Occupational Training Center of Burlington County in June 2018 through the OTC Trail Work program. He first tried to join the program in 2016, but was unable to complete it due to health issues. Jamar ended up being a model worker and completed the program in half the time! He now participates in the Extended Employment program five days a week.

He started out counting and bagging envelopes, he then progressed to being able to seal those envelopes. Soon after, Jamar progressed to working on tri-folds. He takes flat boxes and folds them into three sections. He also was given work with a Pepsi contract where he breaks down boxes.

#OurPurpose Sucess Story Jamar in Action

Jamar likes working because it helps him gain experience and an enthusiasm for work. He has mentioned that he is interested in working in the community in the future. Being able to work is important to him because it not only allowed him to get back on his feet, but also gives him the opportunity to help others.

In his spare time, Jamar likes to draw. It’s a new hobby for him as it’s something he only started doing a few months ago. He likes to craw superheroes, horror characters, characters from Cinderella and much more!

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