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Employment Spotlight: Kelly Ballenger
Ask Kelly Ballenger what she most enjoys about her job with T.J. Maxx, and you'll immediately be treated to one of her winning smiles. "Everyone is very nice to me. I like working with the clothes and shoes. And--I like my paycheck!" Kelly's responsibilities in women's clothing include unpacking, organizing and hanging newly-shipped clothing and shoes for retail. Having worked for eight years at The Arc Thrift Store--which closed this past June--Kelly credits The Arc's staff with helping prepare her for the current job.
Doug Riesett, Kelly's manager at T.J. Maxx, explains that fellow workers appreciate Kelly's positive attitude and attention to the task at hand. For her part, Kelly enjoys her independence and the chance to learn. Her future goals include expanding her skills in retail and getting more hours. Read More
County Council Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month
On October 6, 2015, Council Member Derrick Leon Davis and his fellow members in the Prince George's County Council hosted a luncheon and proclamation ceremony for service providers in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The proclamation, signed by Derrick Davis, Vice Chair of the Council and Mel Franklin, Chair of the Council, was presented to Rob Malone, who spoke about the urgent need for employers to help close the employment gap for people with disabilities, which was 13.2% higher in 2013 than the rate for those without a disability. Rob also spoke about the positive contributions to the workplace that dedicated employees with disabilities can make, and of the need for the County to support adequate wages for direct support staff. Read more