JEVS Human Services’ hireAbility program hosted the event at its Camden County College location. It is held in October, known nationally as Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Blackwood, N.J. (October 25, 2022) – JEVS Human Services, one of the largest social service agencies in the Delaware Valley offering skills training and career enhancement opportunities, welcomed employers and seekers to a job and resource fair, followed by an award presentation.
Dozens of employers and prospective employees gathered at the JEVS Human Services Camden County College location for a job fair focused on matching individuals with disabilities with job openings. Many individuals had participated in the JEVS Human Services’ hireAbility program. This service matches individuals with a community employment specialist who helps them prepare a resume, assist with online applications, sets up employer visits and get hired. After starting work, they receive on-the-job support from JEVS. The New Jersey Department of Vocational Services refers eligible individuals to this program and provides funding to JEVS.
Cynthia Figueroa, President and CEO of JEVS said, “Partnerships like those represented here today are critical to JEVS Human Services’ mission to enhance employability, independence, and quality of life for individuals, their families, and their communities. Everyone—from the state of New Jersey, to the individuals, employers, and JEVS staff play an important role in ensuring that individuals with disabilities are connected to jobs.”
The event recognized Franco Fusaro of Virtua Health with the Outstanding Employer Award. The award recognized his efforts to help JEVS program participants connect to a career in finance. He helps individuals obtain interviews leading to many long-term positions. He also hosts job clubs, conducts mock interviews, helps with resumes, and provides job coaching.
The event also recognized the following employees and employer for their outstanding participation:
- Melvin Cave (Employee) and Forman Mills (Employer). Forman Mills in Deptford, NJ has been a proud supporter of JEVS Human Services for years. Melvin impressed Forman Mills with his infectious smile. Melvin was recently named Forman Mills Employee of the Month. You’ll find him at their Deptford location.
- Anthony Bailey (Employee) and Giambri’s Quality Sweets (Employer). Giambri’s has worked with JEVS for 15 years. Anthony has worked at Giambri’s for several years and has increased job responsibilities during that time.
- Giovanny Galarza (Employee) and Sodexo (Employer). Sodexo’s location at Atlantic City High School created an Employee of the Month Award so they could give the first award to Giovanny, in recognition of his work ethic and commitment to his position.
The awards showcase the incredible contributions of both employees and employers to creating an inclusive workplace.