Monarch Spotlight: Lumberton Supported Employment Team
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month we caught up with the Lumberton Supported Employment team, which helps many of the people we support find jobs in their community. Ann Hanna, team lead, helped answer our questions about what a day in the life of the team looks like and why disability employment is so important.
What does a typical workday look like?
We do not have very many typical workdays, but on most days the team and myself are out in the community interacting with employers and others who can offer jobs, support and assistance to the people we work with in order to accomplish their goals.
What is the goal of the team for the people we support?
The ultimate goal is to improve the lives of others and assist the people we support with their journey to recovery. Often when people come to us for help with becoming employed, they are weary, depressed, defeated and totally hopeless, but after they get a job they finally see there is hope. When they obtain a job these people transform and are unrecognizable compared to the person we saw when they first began the program. This is what makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Why is hiring people with disabilities important, especially during National Employment Disabilities Employment month?
On our team, we believe that when a person chooses to work in spite of their disability it is an admirable and spectacular event and we a proud to be a part of this. People with disabilities are no different from the rest of us. They have bills to pay, home repairs that need to be done, light bills that must be paid and children who have needs, and they have the right to take control of all these things just as you and I do to support themselves and their families.
What has been your most rewarding, or your proudest moment, while working here?
Each time a person obtains a competitive job and continues on their road to recovery is a proud moment. I am consistently proud of the people we serve and our team that serves them.