WORK Inc. celebrates diversity at Annual Awards Night.
On June 14, 2018 over 400 people filled the room at the IBEW Hall celebrating WORK Inc.’s annual awards night honoring supporters, staff, and individuals who have shined throughout the year.
The room was filled with decorations to celebrate diversity as WORK Inc.’s staff represents over 30 countries and many came dressed in their cultural dress. It was a night to celebrate honoring many individuals who have achieved great milestones and those who have dedicated their lives to ensuring individuals with disabilities lives are filled with meaning.
WORK Inc.’s CEO Jim Cassetta kicked off the event welcoming the guests in 20 different languages. Cassetta spoke about the great work the staff has been doing over the past 12 months. Highlights from the past year included Boston Public Schools Maintenance Services has hired 12 individuals with disabilities for custodial positions with competitive salaries, WORK Inc. has connected over 500 individuals with the Boston Career Centers through the Access Point Grant, hosted a Deaf Conference with over 150 attendees from throughout the Commonwealth, partnered with Quincy Housing Authority WORK Inc. to build the first Deaf and Handicapped Accessible House in Eastern Massachusetts, and our commercial division continues to create jobs training opportunities through contracts with the Federal, state government and the business community currently employing a record high of 130 individuals with disabilities through these contracts!
Cassetta turned the night over to returning “FemC” Ayanna Pressely, Councilor-At- Large to carry out the award ceremony. The night began with our Residential Individual of the Year who has made strides over the past year working with WORK Inc. His mother remarked “Over the last two years, with consistency and lots and lots of patience, everyone who has worked with Matt him has helped bring him back to the happy, smiling young man that we all love. It has been quite a miraculous turnaround! Matt is truly an amazing individual. He characterizes the good in all of us. Those who are close to him will tell you that he has an infectious smile, a hearty appetite and a fondness for the ladies! We are eternally grateful for everything this organization has done for our son and so excited for his future.”
Next up was the Best Friend Award presented to The Community Friends of Human Services an agency founded in 1950. Like WORK Inc. Community Friend’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and have been supported and giving to those individuals supported by WORK Inc. Our Employee of the Year, Yvonne Johnson has dedicated her life to individuals with disabilities and in some way has touched every department at WORK Inc. since beginning in 1988. Yvonne thanked the crowd by singing a wonderful song, “His eye on the Sparrow”. Our Strides Performer of the year was said to have an infectious smile and personality that make the days of individuals he is with brighter. The AbilityOne Performer of the year recently was promoted to a line cook position at Natick Army Command Center and is said to be the go to person at the facility, making sure everything is running smoothly. We had two individuals receive the Best Job Match award both working for Chartwells Dining Services at the Mass College of Art and Design. Victoria Santana the Director of Dining enjoys having both individuals be a part of their team and loves the relationship that has transpired over the years with Work Inc.
The final award of the evening holds a special place at WORK Inc. as it is in honor of the late Joe Rogers who after 30 years of living in an institution found independence through WORK Inc. and lived his life to the fullest. Three individuals were awarded the Joe Rogers Award for Independence.
We want to thank everyone who attended and continuously support WORK Inc.
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