Community partnerships are crucial to the success of programs like the Community Employment Program at the Vocation Station, and Little Caesars owners the Goodwin family have been one of the program’s most supportive partnerships over the last year.
In the past year alone, the company has employed four individuals through the Vocation Station. The company was recognized with the Employer of the Year Award at the Community Employment Program’s annual banquet on Oct. 12.
In her keynote address to the more than 140 attendees, Cassie Goodwin said her family had always supported community employment and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She said there are many ways for individuals with disabilities to thrive in the workforce, and that her family is and will remain dedicated to such partnerships.
Also recognized were Employees of the Year Jackie Barnett and Jessie Murphy, who have a long history at their jobs at Taco Bell-Portsmouth and Bob & Floyd’s Tires, respectively. Barnett has worked at Taco Bell for 18 years, while Murphy has been at Bob & Floyd’s for 14 years.
The program also recognizes an employee of the program during the banquet as someone who has gone above and beyond in making success happen. This year’s Shooting Star Award was presented to Vocation Station employee Kim Swords.