There are NO Limits to What Crystal Can Achieve
Crystal Hudson turned a volunteer opportunity through The Arc Westchester’s Pre-Vocational program in Mount Kisco into a job that continues to bring her happiness. As part of our ongoing celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) we are proud to share her story.
What began as a volunteer position sorting and hanging clothing at Goodwill Industries in Croton-on-Hudson turned into a meaningful employment opportunity for Crystal. Proving that her developmental disability – and blindness – were barriers that she could overcome, Crystal quickly took on more responsibilities at Goodwill, tackling pricing, organizing and administrative tasks. Her strong work ethic and efficiency allowed her to increase her hours from 15 to 30 per week, and become skilled at a number of jobs throughout the store.
Crystal’s assistant manager, Zack, commended her, noting, “Crystal is always willing to learn something new and help anyone who needs it.” Her colleagues love her positive attitude and how she brightens their day.
For Crystal, the benefits of employment are far-reaching. She’s a happier and more confident woman who is actively contributing to her community.
“I’m proud that I came a long way from when I first came to The Arc Westchester and I’m still going. I’m growing as I’m going, and I’m proud of myself,” Crystal said.
Crystal was honored with the Anthony Cannata Memorial Employee Award in 2016 as a testament to her work ethic and success.
The Arc Westchester is proud to collaborate with more than 250 employment partners to provide meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with I/DD. To learn more about our Westchester employment program for individuals with disabilities, click here.