Employment for ALL People

Join us on Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. as parishioner Randy Lewis presents values and standards for employment for ALL people.  

 

As a senior executive at Walgreens, Randy Lewis hired over 1000 people with disabilities to work its distribution centers throughout the US. Most had never been able to find a steady job before and now perform as well, earn the same pay and perform the same jobs as those without disabilities.

 

Since then, Randy spends his time advocating and helping other employers to launch similar initiatives. The model has been copied around the world and has been called the “gold standard of disability employment”. His book, No Greatness Without Goodness–How A Father’s Love Changed a Company and Launched a Movement, was named by Fast Company magazine as one of its “10 Books You Need to Read This Year” when it was released in 2014.

 

Two years ago, Randy successfully introduced into Barrington a paid summer jobs program for students with disabilities so that they may develop employability skills and to expose local employers to their hidden talents (Barrington-SET.org). Just as the Walgreens initiative was created with the intent to spread it to other employers, the intent of student jobs initiative is to share it to other communities.

 

Come hear Randy’s story about how he became an accidental advocate and about the program in Barrington. And most importantly, to be reminded that each of us can make a difference.

 

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