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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. John is just one of the many people Rauch has helped to find fulfillment through employment in the community.
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  • New/gently used wheelchairs
  • Wii games
  • Admission to local attractions
  • Art Supplies
  • Exercise DVDs
  • Relaxing DVDs 
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Preschool - 1st Grade level books
  • Big beach type balls
  • Simple Board Games
  • Flash Cards (clothing, animals, food)
  • Large Microwaves
  • New electric stove
  • 3 new coffee makers
  • Mini Refrigerator
Imagine Awards nominations are open! Nominate an Individual with a Disability for outstanding personal achievements, a Community Leader/Volunteer whose efforts have positively impacted people with disabilities, or Business/Organization that is committed to employing or enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Nominations can be made online by clicking on the categories or you can download a MS Word form by clicking here

The deadline for nominations is November 15th!

A Picture is Worth
1,000 Words

Thanks to our super duper volunteer photographer Jonathan Baker, Rauch held another Picture Day September 24th! Several staff members also joined in for the picture taking fun. To see our smiling faces, visit the album on Rauch's Facebook page. We also wrote a blog on how and why we host Picture Day - click here to read it.

Rauch Helps John Find Fulfillment in Work and Life

 
We're sharing just one of our Employment Services' success stories in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Pam, a Rauch Supported Employment Consultant, first met John in late 2012. He was a very large fellow with piercing blue eyes and a somewhat disheveled appearance. He was very quiet and seemed guarded when speaking to her. 

After several meetings and setting small goals, his grooming improved. He became more trusting of Pam and began to share information about his interests and dreams, including that he enjoys photography and would like to eventually become a chef. A new Bob Evans was set to open on State Street in New Albany. They were hiring, and John was interested in applying. John was thrilled to be selected for an interview and he and Pam reviewed possible questions and answers. 
 
Pam picked John  up for the interview to ensure he was on time. The interview went well, and John was relieved and pleased to be invited to a second one. He was offered a position as a kitchen prep person and gladly accepted, smiling from ear to ear. 
 
After being on the job for a short while, he started making friends at the workplace. He quickly received acknowledgements from his supervisors for his good work. John volunteers for overtime and has been successfully cross-trained for other positions in the restaurant. He recently got a raise, and was told that he would likely be eligible for another pay increase soon. The job has been good for him in other ways, too – he has lost so much weight that he is going to have to use some of that raise to buy new clothes.
 
John still has a glow of happiness when he sees Pam. Pam is proud to call John one of her success stories, and is especially pleased that his life has improved not just financially but also socially. He carries himself with a sense of pride that he did not have at their initial meeting, and she knows he will continue to do well for himself.

To read John's full story, visit Rauch's blog. To learn more about Employment Services, visit rauchinc.org/employment or contact Johnny Fussell, Program Manager, at jfussell@rauchinc.org

 

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