OHEL and BoroPark Lumber Recognized for Employment Work with Individuals with Disabilities
â€śWorks For Meâ€ť, a program of The Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announced that BoroPark Lumber, an employer of Tzvi, an OHEL resident, was the first runner-up for their award in the category of small business employer of the year. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, November 6 in Albany, and Governor Cuomo presented each recipient with the prestigious awards.Â
The award recognizes OHEL as a top provider of talented employees with disabilities to small businesses, as well as Boropark Lumber, for working with OHEL, and successfully employing individuals with disabilities.
The OPWDD award also recognizes Tzvi, an employee of Boropark Lumber, who lives in OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s East Broadway residence. Tzvi recently graduated out of OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s DayHab program, and now works every day at Boropark Lumber. They have gradually increased his hours there, and Tzvi has worked hard to become a valued member of the Boropark Lumber team.
Tzvi began at Boro park Lumber with the expectancy to only work up to 3 hours a week with limited responsibilities. However, after the first hour on his first day, his capabilities and work ethic shined bright. The owner quickly got wind of this - seeing a perfectly completed job, immediately gave Tzvi more responsibilities and more hours.Â
Till this day, Tzvi's work ethic and productivity never waver. â€śItâ€™s been a pleasure working with Tzviâ€ť, says Joel Rosenberg, manager of Boropark Lumber. He continued â€śHe brings happiness into the office, and he always does his job very well.â€ť
â€śOHELâ€™s employee program is only a few years old, and weâ€™re so excited that Boropark Lumber and its employees are the second recipients of an award from OPWDDâ€ť said Rachelle Lewitter, Director of OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s Employment Services. She continued â€śWe are extremely proud of Tzvi, and all of the hard working men and women in our programâ€ť.
Tzviâ€™s parents thanked OHEL and BoroPark Lumber for â€śturning a dream into realityâ€ť. They said about the award â€śyou deserve to be saluted, applauded, and held high as an example for others to follow. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this special moment of pride and joyâ€ť.
This job has given Tzvi structure and above all- purpose. Before having a job he always felt like there were barriers surrounding his capabilities - always saying "I don't know if I can", and "I don't know how to." But when finally given the comfort to voice his truest life goals and desires - working and making money became priority. Thanks to this job, Tzvi's new life motto's are "Of course I can!" and "I want to, therefore I'll learn". He has become a mentor to his peers around him, with the ability to express to others how capable they truly are.
For more information about OHEL Bais Ezra, and to see what services they can provide for you, please call 800-603-OHEL, or visit www.ohelfamily.org
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises