Stories

People at Work

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a time to celebrate the diversity of America's workforce.  The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to delivering on the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act, with a focus on employment, not only for today’s workers, but also for future generations.  Join The Arc of Frederick County as we highlight how people we serve and their jobs. 

  • Carol started working at the Wendy's on Route 40 in Frederick in April 2016. She worked hard and stayed patient in her job hunt untill she found the job right for her. Carol wanted work in a restaurant where she can help make people's days brighter and put a smile on their faces. Stop by and see her and enjoy a Frosty!

  • Beth volunteers at Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum. As people look for employment, The Arc assists them in job sampling through volunteering. These opportunities help people to build their resumes, maintain and learn to new skills, and decide what type of field they would like to work in. Beth is excited to be a part of preparing a ginger house cookie display planned for the upcoming holidays.

  • Pam has been working in the laundry services department at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott since November 2012. She will soon celebrate her 3 year anniversary. Pam has support from her Job Coaches from The Arc to accomplish her tasks. Pam is a valued employee at the Marriott and has wonderful support from the hotel management and staff.

  • Laurene has been working at Regal Cinemas for nearly 3 years. She enjoys greeting customers and taking tickets as they enter the theater, ushering, and keeping the theater neat and clean. Laurene has a positive relationship with her co-workers and supervisor. Her boss frequently commends her for a job well done.

  • One job is great, and two is better, but Kurtis actually works three jobs! With the support of The Arc, Kurtis has been hired to work at two retail stores and a theatre. Kurtis is employed at each of these three work places throughout the week and he manages to take classes at FCC, as well. You can find Kurtis helping customers and providing excellent service no matter where he is working!

  • Erika loves working with children. With support from The Arc, Erika completed a 90 hour child development course to prepare her for the workforce. With her classes completed, including CPR and First Aid, Erika has been employed with the YMCA's Before and After School Enrichment program for nearly three years. Her employment keeps her busy year-round at three different Frederick locations. Erika is also a frequent babysitter for friends and neighbors. She hopes that her work experience and passion will allow her to start her own day care center. Training, drive, support, and dreams are key to Erika's success!

  • Cassandra works for Transit Services of Frederick County. She keeps the plants beautiful and stocks the soda and snack machine. As Cassandra transitioned from Frederick County Public Schools, The Arc supported her to put her skills to use by being employed in the Frederick community. In addition to working for Transit, she is also employed at T.J. Maxx. Join The Arc in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

  • Following training received at The Arc at Market Street, Cody got a job working in the Food Service Department for Frederick County Public Schools. Cody is happy to put the skills he learned in The Arc’s bakery program to good use in the Frederick community.

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