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Three Western New York Businesses Honored for their Commitment to Workforce Diversity

Ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities secure and maintain meaningful, competitive employment is an important part of People Inc., Western New York’s leading health and human services agency. More than 150 businesses in the area partner with the agency’s Vocational Services and Supported Employment Program to employ individuals with disabilities. People Inc. is pleased to recognize its business partners for creating an inclusive workforce.

Two Walgreens locations were recognized for their dedication at the Western New York Employment Consortium’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Business Recognition Awards in October.
Walgreens on Young Street in Tonawanda was recognized for their understanding of the importance of meaningful work for individuals with disabilities and for their support of Nick Feeterman, who receives services from People Inc. Walgreens embraces Nick as an equal and important part of their team, seeing him for his abilities rather than disability.
Walgreens on Grand Island Boulevard in Grand Island was recognized for their dedication and support to Jennifer Voss who receives services from People Inc. Although Jennifer had no former work experience before joining Walgreens, the team has been extremely supportive.
Also recognized in October was a third business, Scotch ‘N Sirloin on Maple Road in Amherst, which was chosen as the first runner-up for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities’ Works for Me recognition. Scotch ‘N Sirloin was nominated for their caring and understanding of Martinnias Hardy, an individual who receives services through People Inc.

A nationwide effort has been made to encourage employers to hire individuals with disabilities, a skilled group who are unemployed at a rate that is twice that of people without disabilities. For more information about partnering to employ individuals with disabilities, contact James Scutt, director of Vocational Services, People Inc., at 716-817-5750.
People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1970, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.

Western New York 1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231 | Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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