October 22 – Loving Her Work!

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!

Loving Her Work!

October 22 – Mary Francis (Frannie)

Marshalls Home Goods
Marshalls Home Goods

Mary Francis, or “Frannie” as she prefers to be called, works at Marshalls / Home Goods in Philadelphia. She loves working there, and it has given her a new sense of independence. Frannie gets to and from work using public transportation. Her duties include setting up racks of clothing, and correctly sizing clothes on hangers.

Frannie gets along great with her co-workers, and they describe her as being an incredibly hard worker and excellent at her jobs. She really enjoys earning a paycheck and getting to spend her money as she chooses. Working has been a great experience for Frannie, not only strengthening her sense of independence, but also enabling her to make and maintain wonderful friendships with her co-workers.

~Submitted by Partnerships for Community Supports