Another JCI Participant Wins Award

Greg Brown (father), Sara and sister, Katie. Contributed photo

Sara B., a JCI participant, is employed at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Child Care Center as a Floater. She has been working there for ten years.

Sara accepted The Marion and Frances Fairey Employment Longevity award at the 2019 MARC Annual Awards Luncheon on October 2, 2019 at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center.

Sara was selected in part due to her demonstrated reliable work history, advancement not only in her personal career but also because she serves as a “Cause Ambassador” by mentoring co-workers, peers, and the community at large regarding human values and acceptance.

In 2012, she was recognized as the “Employee of the Month” at the center. She is also a member of the Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church and works in the nursery on Sundays, and she volunteers for Awanas, which helps “reach kids, equip leaders and change the world for God.”

Sara B. also attends JCI’s Employment Transition group three days a week. This day program helps develop the skills needed in the world of work, as well as Long-Term Support Services that have helped her achieve success at her job.

“JCI is a great place; I love going to be with my friends and making crafts. We do lots of activities together and learn new things,” Sara said.

Nominees for the Marion and Frances Fairey Employment Longevity award are persons with an Intellectual-Developmental Disability who, after receiving services from a MARC member organization has worked consistently in an integrated workforce for a minimum of ten (10) years. MARC serves as a catalyst for innovations that improve the economic and social quality of life for people with disabilities and disadvantages.

-JCI News Release