CAREER & EMPLOYMENT

Success Stories

With more than 300 people working at 250 companies and agencies throughout Westchester, we are proud to say that we can make career and company dreams come true!

We are proud of our employer partnerships, and pleased to offer a wide-range of jobs for people with disabilities that allow them to bolster their independence and self-esteem.

We are overjoyed to bring you just a few of our success stories, both from employers and employees.

For more information about finding a career with The Arc Westchester, please visit our contact page.

Employee Success Stories

Joseph Frank

ABB Optical Group
Joseph Frank began working at ABB Optical Group in Elmsford in 2016. His job requires him to scan and enter lens information into their database and he works at cleaning lenses before packaging.

He inspires and motivates his fellow co-workers. His attention to detail and productivity has earned him full-time status in 2017. ​

Kyle Siczewicz

Jackson Lewis LLP

KyleDuring his time with Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement, Kyle received hands-on work experience at NewYork-Presbyterian. He spent time in the pharmacy, checking the expiration dates on medications and helping the pharmacists to process prescriptions.

Kyle also conducted complex data entry projects for the New York-Presbyterian Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. While Kyle was adept at complex systematic projects, he also had the opportunity to further develop his social and interpersonal skills by spending time with maintenance crews working on collaborative projects.

In July 2013, Kyle joined the offices services team at Jackson Lewis LLP in White Plains. In addition to assisting with special projects, Kye’s responsibilities include filing, copying and organizing supplies.

Grant Dawson

ABB Optical Group
Grant Dawson was hired as a part-time lens engraver at ABB Optical Group in Elmsford in 2016.

He engraves corrective lenses using two high-tech engraving machines at the same time.

This is a very detailed and important process and attention to detail is required. His efficiency, work ethic, and constant productivity have earned Grant a full-time position in 2017.

David Majsak

Eurest Dining Services at IBM

David is an energetic and friendly young man who was born with Down syndrome. David and his family have been involved with Arc Westchester since he was very young. From his attendance at our Children’s School for Early Development to his participation in Teen Life Skills and Recreation programs, David has learned to be as independent as possible.

After graduation from high school, our Vocational Training program helped him to explore career opportunities in the community. Today, David enjoys his independence and spends his free time volunteering at community agencies. He also loves his job working in the cafeteria at IBM in Armonk.

Kimberly Simons

Westchester County Clerk’s Office

Kimberly is a loving and smart young woman who was born with Down syndrome. Arc Westchester’s Career Training and Job Placement services helped Kim discover her skills and our Transition Supports team helped her learn to travel by train and bus around the county.

Kim has worked at the Westchester County Clerk’s office for over 15 years. She loves her work there and takes pride in making deliveries, sorting the mail and filing paperwork. Her supervisor says that Kim lights up every room she enters.

Employer Testimonials

Joseph A. Saccomano, Jr.

Office Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
“For us at Jackson Lewis this isn’t about doing the right thing. This is about doing something that makes sense for the workplace, making it better, and at the same time, working with an organization like the Arc of Westchester to provide an opportunity for somebody to come into the workplace and do an outstanding job.”

 

Vince Monaghan

Vice President Lab Operations, ABB Optical Group
“Nobody does it better than Grant and Joseph. They hit their numbers all the time by way of their attention to detail and focus. Anytime you can get employees who will focus on the job you give them and consistently accomplish the goals you set out for them, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

Helene Godin

Founder/CEO, By The Way Bakery
“Our company’s mission was to include as many people at the table as possible and support the needs of the community. I reached out to The Arc Westchester about hiring some people with cognitive delays in our workforce. Currently, we have three individuals working in our busy commercial kitchen. We work close with The Arc Westchester to find the right fit and we have succeeded!”

Erin Blessing

Regional Facilities Manager
“Fujifilm U.S.A appreciates Paul’s commitment to his job and his pride in his work. Paul is always on time and is rarely out sick. He is a valued member of Support Services, and we are extremely proud to have him on our team.”

For further information, please visit our contact page

Art by: Jamie Corrao
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