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Success Stories

Making career dreams come true

With more than 300 people working at 250 companies and agencies throughout Westchester, we are proud to say that we can make your career dreams come true! In this section, we are overjoyed to bring you just a few of our success stories.

Employee Success Stories

Joseph Frank

ABB OPTICAL GROUP

Joseph Frank began working at ABB Optical Group in Elmsford in 2016. His job requires him to scan and enter lens information into their database and he works at cleaning lenses before packaging.

He inspires and motivates his fellow co-workers. His attention to detail and productivity has earned him full-time status in 2017. ​

 


 

​Kyle Siczewicz

JACKSON LEWIS LLP

During his time with Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, Kyle received hands-on work experience at NewYork-Presbyterian. He spent time in the pharmacy, checking the expiration dates on medications and helping the pharmacists to process prescriptions. Kyle also conducted complex data entry projects for the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. While Kyle was adept at complex systematic projects, he also had the opportunity to further develop his social and interpersonal skills by spending time with maintenance crews working on collaborative projects.

In July 2013, Kyle joined the offices services team at Jackson Lewis LLP in White Plains. In addition to assisting with special projects, Kye’s responsibilities include filing, copying and organizing supplies.

 


Grant Dawson

ABB OPTICAL GROUP

Grant Dawson was hired as a part-time lens engraver at ABB Optical Group in Elmsford in 2016. He engraves corrective lenses using two high-tech engraving machines at the same time.  This is a very detailed and important process and attention to detail is required. His efficiency, work ethic, and constant productivity have earned Grant a full-time position in 2017. 

 


 

David Majsak

​EUREST DINING SERVICES AT IBM

David is an energetic and friendly young man who was born with Down syndrome. David and his family have been involved with Arc of Westchester since he was very young. From his attendance at our Children’s School for Early Development to his participation in Teen Life Skills and Recreation programs, David has learned to be as independent as possible.

After graduation from high school, our Vocational Training program helped him to explore career opportunities in the community.  Today, David enjoys his independence and spends his free time volunteering at community agencies. He also loves his job working in the cafeteria at IBM in Armonk.

 


​Kimberly Simons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE

Kimberly is a loving and smart young woman who was born with Down syndrome. Arc of Westchester’s Career Training and Job Placement services helped Kim discover her skills and our Transition Supports team helped her learn to travel by train and bus around the county.

Kim has worked at the Westchester County Clerk’s office for over 15 years. She loves her work there and takes pride in making deliveries, sorting the mail and filing paperwork. Her supervisor says that Kim lights up every room she enters.

 


Shayna Heyman

Northern Westchester Hospital

Shayna is an important member of the healthy dining department at Northern Westchester Hospital. This position has been a breakthrough job in our community. She takes meal orders, prepares meals, and delivers them to patients - on her own, and with a smile on her face. She takes her job very seriously and understands the importance and value she provides to patients in the hospital. 

 


Raymond Frost

PETCO

Raymond has worked at PetCo in Hartsdale for 14 years. He knows all there is to know about your pets needs. Raymond helps manage the stock room and keeps the inventory filled on the shelves.

Raymond’s manager says that Raymond interacts well with customers and he really helps keep the place running. Raymond feels good about being a contributing member of the PetCo family.

 


Matthew Moriarity

COUNTRY CHILDREN'S CENTER

Matthew is one of three Arc of Westchester employees at the Country Children’s Center, an independent non-profit day care center with locations in Bedford Hills, Katonah and Yorktown Heights. Matthew works in the kitchen in Katonah as an assistant lunch distributor. He is responsible for preparing lunch trays with food for each child. Matthew shows up to work each day with a big smile on his face.  Matthew’s employer is impressed by his independence in completing his job responsibilities.​

 


Hear From Our Employers

 Joseph A. Saccomano, Jr.

Office Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

"For us at Jackson Lewis this isn’t about doing the right thing. This is about doing something that makes sense for the workplace, making it better, and at the same time, working with an organization like the Arc of Westchester to provide an opportunity for somebody to come into the workplace and do an outstanding job. "

 Vince Monaghan

Vice President Lab Operations, ABB Optical Group

“Nobody does it better than Grand and Joseph. They hit their numbers all the time by way of their attention to detail and focus.  Anytime you can get employees who will focus on the job you give them and consistently accomplish the goals you set out for them, you can't ask for much more than that."”

 


​Joanne Deyo

VICE-PRESIDENT FACILITIES, REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS 

"Regeneron takes pride in doing the right stuff and we think this is the right thing to do. One of the fears a company may have is that they are going to have to supervise an individual all the time and deal with problems they are not use to. Arc of Westchester provides job coaches who supervise the employee based on their skill level. Some need more and others are more independent. The support system is there!"

 


Ann Galvani

BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER’S DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

“The team from Arc of Westchester has become an integrated part of our employee culture in Armonk and we value their contributions, both professionally and interpersonally to our workplace. We were honored to be recognized by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities as runner up in the Putting People First Works for Me Award. The real reward for us is seeing a functional and integrated workplace that includes a diverse group of people who respect each other and work well together.”

Jamaar Harold

GEN. MANAGER, BEST BUY, MOUNT VERNON

“We have a group of individuals from Arc of Westchester that organize CD’s and help with media. They do an outstanding job. Not only do we benefit from the additional help, but our customers enjoy the interaction with the group. All of Arc of Westchester employees are helpful, reliable, and friendly.”

 


​Erin Blessing

REGIONAL FACILITIES MANAGER

“Fujifilm U.S.A appreciates Paul’s commitment to his job and his pride in his work. Paul is always on time and is rarely out sick. He is a valued member of Support Services, and we are extremely proud to have him on our team.”

 


Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism

We are proud to congratulate recent graduates from Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, a collective effort created by New York Collaborates for Autism, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Southern Westchester BOCES and Arc of Westchester. The program, based on the national Project SEARCH model developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is a one-year internship program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder that takes place during their last year of high school.

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