Internal Awards Dinner
Awards were bestowed on years of service honorees as well as on the people of the month. The Jacob J. Wozniak Memorial Award was given to Donna Evans because she goes above and beyond in her work duties. Donna was recently promoted to Community Worksite Supervisor at the Military Rd. redemption center where she helps prepare workers for jobs in the community.
Desabrais Receives CP State Award
Amanda Desabrais, Empowered to Work Employment Specialist, was selected by her division to be recognized at the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State conference. Desabrais helps people get and keep jobs in the community as well as presents Steps to Work classes at Niagara Wheatfield High School. Congratulations.
Dreams Come True with Verizon Media Grant
Since Anthony expressed the desire to open a coffee shop and employ others like him who have a disability, Empower has been helping him take steps to realize this goal. Anthony is the first person with an intellectual or developmental disability to be part of a Leadership Niagara class. Throughout 2019, he has been developing leadership skills and learning from successful Niagara County business leaders. Anthony can use this knowledge to realize his entrepreneurial aspirations, whether its a coffee shop or some other venture!
In August, Empower received a grant from the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County to cover start-up costs for a mobile coffee cart where workers will learn job skills while serving members of the public hot beverages and snacks. This directly-applicable experience will enable Anthony and his co-workers to explore their interest in food service careers.
Anthony got to attend the press conference where the grant was announced with Director of Community & Development Elizabeth Cardamone.