Eric began working at Best Buy in August of 2018 as an Inventory Specialist. Due to the pandemic, he was furloughed this past April. He was recently brought back to work and has done an amazing job learning the changes that occurred while he was away.
Domino's Pizza in Sumner recently learned about Supported Employment and were excited to hire through Vadis. Both the General Manager and assistant manager are incredible natural supports and help their new employee, Michael, learn and grow in his position. Michael had a different job prior to the pandemic, but his employer wasn't able to bring him back, so Vadis helped him find a new job in August - working for Domino's.
Global Connections to Employment (GCE), a past recipient of Vadis' Employer of the Year award, awards coins to their employees for doing excellent work. These mission, vision, and value coins represent five different areas of achievement: ownership, integrity, compassion, excellence, and service. Mitchell just began working at GCE in July and has already earned the Service coin! Once all five coins have been earned by an employee, they receive a special plaque.
Debbie had volunteered at Francis house and had worked at the Orting School District and was ready to get back to work again. Vadis began the hunt for a great job match and found a position that was well-matched to the tasks Debbie prefers doing. She was hired as a lobby atendant at Jack in the Box in August of 2019.
It is with a flurry of emotions that we at Vadis say goodbye to Dana Mossman, as she retires this week after a 14-year career at Vadis. Grateful for all that she brough to our organization, Happy that she is off on a new adventure, and Sad that we couldn't talk her into staying longer. She has brought so much to the individuals we support, the staff she mentored and lead, and to the numerous employers that she connected to supported employment services.
Bryden wanted a job working around horses. His Vadis team set out to make that dream come true and now he is a farm hand for Opus Arabians in Graham! Bryden washes grain and water buckets, cleans towels and horse polos, cleans the hay room, and discards excess hay in front of the stalls. By the smile on his face, it's pretty clear he is in his element.
Thank You IKEA for making a difference in the lives of young adults experiencing homelessness. Your generous donation will help individuals have the essentials they need as they move into stable housing. .
Budget cuts are being discussed right now. Here is how to locate your Legislator to reach out to them and ensure they are protecting life-changing services for adults with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities. Tell them your story.
Now is the time to tell legislators that funding for Disability Services is critical! The COVID-19 pandemic as has altered the norm of daily life for all of us. The economic fallout from this crisis has seen many people out of work. State coffers are completely reliant on people having and spending money to generate the revenue our state needs to fund basic services that people rely on.
Austin was enrolled in Vadis' 2019 School to Work program and exited with a job at a home improvement store, but his heart was set on working for Tractor Supply Co. He had previously interviewed with Tractor Supply Co, but it wasn't the right timing. While shopping with his family one day, he mentioned to the staff that he really wanted to work there.