When Aspire of WNY went out looking for community partners in WNY, The Admiral Room, located in the historic Marin building on Main Street in Buffalo, stepped up.
But did you know that this partnership did not start with the Admiral Room hosting this year’s 75th Anniversary Gala? They partnered with Aspire of WNY in 2021 to give the people we support unpaid work experience through Aspire of WNY’s Community Pre-Vocational Program. Eventually, the partnership led to the paid employment of two of those individuals.
Josh Poblocki, Director of Sales and Catering at the Admiral Room, and his entire rew has been supportive while including these employees in the creation of amazing events! Josh’s team has used innovative practices and strategies to address barriers for the individuals who have limited communication and literacy skills. One of these innovations was creating a step-by-step pictured task list so the individuals can perform job duties to the best of their ability.
The Admiral Room is an exemplary employer for people with disabilities as they take an integrated approach to supporting employees. That is why Aspire of WNY nominated them for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month Recognition (NDEAM) Awards.
The NDEAM Award Luncheon was held on October 6th, 2022, at The Grapevine and was sponsored by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. This local event was hosted by Mary Alice Demmler and is part of several events across the nation.
Aspire of WNY celebrates all employer partners and is grateful for the Admiral Room’s collaboration and commitment to employing people with disabilities.
If you are an employer looking to partner with Aspire of WNY, please reach out or click here to learn more about our Vocational Services. We’re looking for ways to help employers find great employees while supporting the individuals we serve.
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