Ashtin is productive, helpful and outgoing, and she has excellent customer service skills, which were identified during the SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers Program's Discovery Process. After completing an internship at Legacy House of Ogden, a premier senior living center in Ogden, Utah, Ashtin was hired as a kitchen and dining aide. She has been employed for more than three years in this position, and her responsibilities include taking drink orders, folding napkins, and organizing and prepping the dining area for the next dining service. Ashtin is thriving in this environment, and many of the residents ask for her when they are dining. In April 2017, Kyle, then-director of the Legacy House of Ogden, awarded Ashtin the “Personal Touch” recognition pin for the month of March in honor of her hard work and dedication.
Daniel has been employed at the United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern District in Brooklyn, New York, since 2005. He is an exemplary employee and has great working relationships with the U.S. Attorneys as well as the staff members of the Bankruptcy Court and the General Services Administration. Diagnosed with a learning disability in middle school, Daniel faced many obstacles on his journey to employment. He never stopped fighting his way forward and worked in a number of different positions as he sought to find a job that was the right fit for him. It wasn’t until he came to AHRC that he found long-term employment success. AHRC placed Daniel at a Metropolitan Transit Authority site, and after a year, he was promoted to his current position as light duty specialist/vacuum specialist at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where he continues to gain skills and confidence and contribute as a highly valued member of the team.
Anthony is a firm believer in paying it forward. When he was down on his luck after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he got a second chance through Palmetto Goodwill Services. He's now a project manager and the president of the organization's self-advocacy group. As a way of giving back, Anthony advocates for the people and programs that turned his life around. He's also teaching others to tap into the power of their own voice. Whether working on local issues or a national call to action, Anthony is changing policy and perceptions one person, one issue, one day at a time.
Barbara’s positivity and can-do spirit have the power to light up a room. To those who work with her, she’s a role model, a leader, an inspiration and an expert at her craft. She’s also visually impaired. Not one to let her disability hold her back, she started a small business making home goods like comforters, curtains, throw pillows and shams before going on to a career at VGS, Inc. Now, she works as an expert seamstress with VGS and takes pride in sewing uniforms for members of our nation’s military. Uplifting and upbeat, Barbara puts her whole self into her job, and in doing so, raises up all those around her.
Never give up; always keep going and giving your all. That is how Geno approaches his job as production coordinator at VGS, Inc. and his life with rheumatoid arthritis. With a positive attitude and an aptitude for problem-solving, Geno is known for implementing innovative accommodations for himself and going the extra mile for customers. He is the go-to guy when it comes to making sure customer orders are shipped out on time and tracking them down when needed. Passionate about his job and committed to his co-workers, Geno raises the bar for what it means to be a stellar employee and a steadfast friend.
Driven by duty to country, family, friends and fellow soldiers, Neil answered our nation's call to serve. A soldier by choice and team player by nature, Neil found himself searching for a new path forward after being medically retired from the military due to injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Despite multiple obstacles, Neil never gave up, and his hard work and perseverance earned him a job and numerous promotions with Skookum Contract Services. Neil is known for going above and beyond in everything that is asked of him, and every day he exemplifies his belief that service means giving more than you receive.