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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.
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.
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.
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.
Headquartered in White Plains, Kari-Out attributes a strong entrepreneurial attitude to its steady growth into one of the largest suppliers of Chinese restaurant take-out items in the country. They count the strength and competency of their staff for their stellar success. Samantha Makris has been a proud member of that team for more than two years.
One of Samantha’s responsibilities is to sort coupons by category. Her careful attention to detail enables her to efficiently manage this task. She's also responsible for entering valued consumer information into the company’s computer database, a critically important job in a company that counts strong customer relations as key to its success. This growing business is pleased to have Samantha as a loyal, dedicated employee - and Arc of Westchester is proud to have brought these two together. Samantha says, “I always wanted a job … and now I have a job that I love.”
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.
Sara is part of the data entry team at eDocNY in White Plains and through her job as a document indexer, Sara is responsible for tagging electronic documents for various search terms. Since she joined eDocNY about a year and a half ago, Sara has become one of the lead indexers and she is able to successfully complete even the most difficult assignments.
Sara is a role model for her co-workers and she has good relationships with her peers and colleagues in other departments. Sara looks forward to continued success at eDocNY and also aspires to teach computer skills to children one day.
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.
As part of Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, John worked with the building services team at NewYork-Presbyterian to prepare conference rooms for meetings and events and he also supported the information technology team on a large-scale computer upgrade program. He also spent time in one of the hospital’s laboratories, where he demonstrated a strong efficiency in preparing testing kits.
While John was learning how to work independently and with larger groups, he was also strengthening his communication skills. Today John works at the Home Depot in Mohegan Lake where he not only manages thousands of dollars in inventory every day but he also works as a greeter, because he has proven how great he is at helping people find what they need.
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!"
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.”
“Sadie does computer work, handles email, and organizes our files. Co-workers don’t think of her as someone with a disability, they think of her as Sadie. If we have a new project for her, we work with her job coach to facilitate the training for us, which streamlines the whole process. We would recommend Arc of Westchester employees and job coaches to any employer in Westchester County.”
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.”