By Steve Germani
ADEC Staff

We’re half-way there! I’m 15 weeks into my training for the Chicago Marathon, with 15 … seemingly… long weeks to go. More importantly, ADEC’s fantastic team of employment specialists has secured employment for 13 clients seeking community employment. The goal was to run 26 miles in an effort to create 26 jobs. Thirteen down, thirteen to go, with approximately three months to travel the distance. I’ll need to dig deep, and stretch myself far beyond my comfort zone to accomplish my goal of running this marathon. However, this is, and always has been a team effort. And I continue to find all the motivation and inspiration I need in knowing that our employment services staff is working incredibly hard to reach their goal of securing employment for 26 adults with a disability in our community.

Katy Gerring is one of ADEC’s finest employment specialists. One of the great joys of working in this industry/business is that I get to work with genuinely good people. Caring people who want more than just a job, but want to help others and make a difference. Katy is one of those people.
Katy acquired the first sponsorship of a mile in our 26 Miles for 26 Jobs campaign by securing employment for one of our clients at Data Realty in South Bend. Congratulations to Katy, Brandon and Data Realty! Read below to learn more.

ADEC Employment Specialist Katy Gerring gives Brandon an award for getting a job and covering the first mile in the 26 miles for 26 jobs campaign.

ADEC Employment Specialist Katy Gerring gives Brandon an award for getting a job and covering the first mile in the 26 miles for 26 jobs campaign.

By Katy Gerring
ADEC Staff

Brandon is the first consumer who has obtained employment through the “26 mile” campaign. I first met Brandon two years ago while he was a student in Project Search. From our first meeting I held an admiration for him and it was very apparent to me that Brandon was a hard worker. Brandon was determined to overcome any obstacles that might get in his way. Brandon began looking for a job in August of 2012.

Data Realty was a new company in South Bend that was interested in hiring someone to do everyday cleaning and to assist in making sure the building looked it’s best for customers, guests and employees. They were very excited to partner with us and hire Brandon. Brandon was officially hired on April 17, 2013. By June he was awarded Employee of the Month.

Getting this job has made such a positive impact on Brandon’s life. He told me just the other day that he enjoyed working with all of his new friends at Data Realty. This job match not only impacted Brandon’s life, but also made a positive impact on the employees at the Data Realty site. They look forward to seeing Brandon each day and go out of their way to greet him!

The sponsorship of Mile #1 has been a wonderful partnership between ADEC, Brandon and Data Realty and will continue to be a positive relationship. I have been an Employment Specialist at ADEC for seven years now, and I feel so blessed to have had these opportunities to build positive relationships with consumers as well as employers in our community.