The faces of Job Path...
Since 1978, Job Path has been encouraging people with developmental disabilities to explore what they want out of life and then to chart their own journeys. Through our programs, we provide the opportunities and support for people to succeed at whatever they want – whether it’s paid or volunteer work, living in their own homes, or participating in community life. In other words, to lead the same kind of life we all want.
Job Path Celebrates...
Our newest placement in Brooklyn is Juan Reyes Medina who works at the Treats Truck. Job Path staff regularly enjoyed treats when the truck was parked on West 38th Street and became friendly with owner Kim Ima. When she opened Treats Truck Stop, her first restaurant on Court Street, Kim was looking for an outgoing, friendly, hardworking employee to perform kitchen tasks and light porter duties and Juan was the perfect fit! A coworker says, "I like working on the days I know Juan is here."
Jonathan is busy living his life and realizing his dream as an artist. After working successfully for two years as an employee, Book Court recognized Jonathan's artistic abilities and hosted an exhibition of his work at their store in Brooklyn. Jonathan has exhibited at MOMA and studies at the School of Visual Arts.
Recently, Jonathan was awarded one of the sixteen 2013 O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund Scholarships from the National Down Syndrome Society. This scholarship will allow Jon to continue his education and prove that his talents, skills, and abilities are limitless.
On May 2nd, Job Path's Writing Group held their inaugural poetry reading at the Corsi Senior Center, which is part of the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem. The group meets weekly and is open to the community. The Poets of Corsi, which included one of the seniors from the Center, describe their meetings as: "fabulous, fluid, diverse, warm, sociable, unexpected, bizarre, funny, wistful, surprising, and supportive."
Carolyn Murphy, Noemi Marrero, Lillian Lefkowitz, Rita Doswell and Dominque Grant went to Albany March 12th, for the Annual Legislative Day. Rita and Dominique visited their local elected officials and personally thanked them for voting against the proposed 6% cut to OPWDD's budget. Carolyn said, "It was empowering to be able to speak directly to policy makers and ensure that all of our voices are being heard."
It’s all about jobs!
Jobs Wanted is a showcase of Job Path participants who are ready to interview for jobs. Job Path employment specialists work with potential employers to find the best way to meet their needs while making someone’s dream of having a job come true. And there are lots of success stories to report!