Dalton Smothers II likes his job, and it shows.
Dalton has made great strides in his position as a Donation Center Attendant, overcoming significant challenges. For the past two years, he has provided customer service to donors. He accepts their donations then sorts and processes the items before they are delivered to the warehouse.
“This is Dalton’s first job,” said Denise Soles, supervisor of the Rescue Mission’s 15 Donation Centers. “Through his work, Dalton has become more independent. He is able to take public transportation and purchase his own luxuries. Most importantly, he has gained confidence to live independently.”
Works for Me recently recognized Dalton for his dedication to his job.
An initiative by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Works for Me celebrates the contributions of New Yorkers with Developmental Disabilities in the work force.
“Dalton was recognized because he is a stand out employee,” Denise said. “He is dependable, responsible and is willing to help in any way he can, wherever he can.”
Denise said Dalton continually grows in his position providing feedback and just doing an overall great job.
Rescue Mission Receives 2nd Place Nomination
Works for Me also recognizes businesses that demonstrate a commitment to workforce diversity. The Rescue Mission was one of 58 businesses throughout NYS that were recently recognized for their efforts, receiving a second place nomination for a nonprofit.
“It is quite an honor to receive this recognition,” Denise said. “Providing employment opportunities is just another way the Rescue Mission helps those who might otherwise not have a chance to work. We give them a chance to improve their life.”
“No one is the same, and it’s important to give each individual a chance. The Rescue Mission promotes understanding by helping those with disabilities to be a part of the workforce, using their strengths to become more independent,” Denise continued.
Denise said an additional reward is seeing the pride these individuals exude because of their independence.
“To see see individuals, Rescue Mission employees contributing to the community just makes me appreciate this recognition even more,” she said. “It is so inspiring to hear an employee is saving up for a car, a new computer, or the ability to buy a family member a gift. I am grateful to witness their growth, and become part of their lives.”