October 29 – G Fresh Emporium!

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!

G Fresh Emporium!

October 29 – George Shands (aka GFresh)

picture of George Shands smiling
George (GFresh) Shands

George Shands (aka “GFresh”) is the owner of G Fresh Emporium. George uses job accommodations in the form of robotics to get his work done.

George is a strong self-advocate, seen in his decision to leave an institution where he received much support to his current residence. He then turned his sights to earning a livelihood. He left working in a sheltered workshop and started in the workforce, increasing his earnings 199%.

His business, selling air fresheners, was started in June of 2018. By September George was breaking even, and in October he was able to provide himself with a paycheck! George hopes to expand his products to include body lotions, soaps, and incense.

Check out the links below for more information about George and his business…
George Shands video – “What Scent is Your Style…”

Check out George’s Facebook and Instagram pages:



~Submitted by RHD – Ideate & George Shands