Work serves as a source of income to support ourselves and our families, a place for connection with others, and a means to contribute as a part of our community. It provides opportunity for learning and professional growth and for achieving one’s greatest potential in life. Individuals with disabilities have the same needs and desires, yet meaningful employment can seem far out of reach without additional resources.
MRC Industries, Inc. provides encouragement and support to individuals living with a disability to achieve their fullest potential through employment, skill-building and active community involvement. Each year we serve approximately 600 individuals with disabilities with the philosophy that each individual is unique, valuable, and entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. Below is a story highlighting one of our individuals and his journey.
Jay Moore loves his job, the people he works with and the opportunity to be productive and earn a paycheck. He and his sister moved from South Haven to Kalamazoo in 2005, approximately a year after his mother had passed away. As they settled into their new community, Jay’s sister connected him with the services offered by MRC Industries, Inc. and in June 2006 he began attending the MRC McKercher program.
Initially, Jay started building his skills through employment within our skill-building program and volunteering for local non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. In June of 2008, he become involved with work crews at a variety of employment sites. These provided Jay the opportunity to explore different types of work and become connected and supported in his new community.
With the assistance of MRC’s Community Employment Program and his Employment Training Specialist, Craig Snider, Jay began to explore the possibility of finding a job in the community. He was introduced to various work opportunities, and in April of 2016, accepted a position at Meijer as a utility worker. Jay successfully completed Meijer’s orientation and online training program.
“Jay comes to work every day with enthusiasm and he takes his job very seriously. We enjoy have him as part of our team,” states his supervisor, Jeff Hamilton.
A supermarket was a natural fit for Jay. While residing in South Haven, he had worked for a local grocer bagging and transporting groceries and performing light stocking and custodial work.
Craig Snider, Jay’s Employment Training Specialist, shares, “It has been great working with Jay. He is always polite, friendly and happy. You can really tell that he enjoys his job, even when he is pushing carts in the pouring rain.”
Jay’s sister was grateful to MRC’s Community Employment program. Not only did Jay’s ETS help him find work, but also provided follow along job coaching to ensure that Jay was successful understanding his job responsibilities and company policies and procedures. When Jay was asked what he like most about working at Meijer he said, “I like to work, and I like the money.”
Your generous contribution helps to give individuals like Jay the gift of independence, connection with others, and a sense of fulfillment. We ask that you consider a tax deductible donation to champion the best possible outcomes for the people we serve. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of our request for support and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.