October 11 – The Wonderful Ms. Cherie H.

America’s Workforce – Empowering All

Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month  (NDEAM) theme is “America’s Workforce – Empowering All!” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

The Philadelphia “Employment 1st, Employment NOW!” Steering Committee is once again celebrating this event with a month of employment success stories. Each day we will be posting another success story about someone who is contributing to their community through employment. For those who have requested to receive our employment announcements, you will receive the link to the story in your mailbox. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the successes of people with disabilities working in our communities!

The Wonderful Ms. Cherie H.

October 11 – Cherie H.

Picture of Cherie standing confidently
Meet Cherie H.

Cherie took the initiative to approach the Job developer at KenCCID, establish a relationship, and request services for herself.

Ms. Harris faced several challenges along the way, and at times became frustrated when seeking resolution to those challenges.  Over time, when faced with issues such as the stalling of the shredding machine, Cherie progressed from tears to being able to ask questions and seek assistance.

In August of 2017, Cherie entered Five Guys on her own accord, and approached the store manager about a position there.  With support from the team at KenCCID, Cherie began her employment with Five Guys in September, 2017.   She progressed through the challenges she faced, and sought help from those around her to resolve issues that may have otherwise prompted her to leave her position.

A picture of Cherie shaking the hand of a young woman
Cherie greeting folks at Five Guys

Everyone who knows Cherie, knows her as a strong-willed, independent and outspoken woman, who also has a heart to help others, and make people happy, all of which she brings to her position of Porter at Five Guys. Her gift for gab comes in handy as she interacts with customers and ensures they have a good experience.

Cherie’s manager, Corvah Barbu,  at Five Guys had this to say about Ms. Harris:   

“Cherie is a very hard worker that demonstrates enthusiasm at all times. She works well with others.  She takes initiative to follow through with other tasks, as she sees needed, while eager to learn new things.”
 ~ Corvah Barbu ~

Even through the bumps in the road, Cherie has maintained her employment by being able to accept supervision and redirection, and continues on the path to success with Five Guys.  Though there may be more lessons to learn, Cherie has flourished here, and we wish to continue alongside her on her journey.

~Submitted by KenCCID