Lee County Non-Profit Wins State Award

As submitted by TSWDB Member: Deanna Jones

Family Promise was recognized  for Inclusive Hiring for Small Businesses at North Carolina’s virtual conference in October. Sybil Smith, pictured above, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Family Promise has been recognized as the Employer of the Year by the North Carolina Rehabilitation Association.

“The Executive Director, Tamara Brogan, is a passionate, energetic leader of human services specialists, and is recognized in the community for her amazing problem solving and collaboration skills,” said Deanna Jones, Business Relations Representative for NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. “She was eager from day one to partner with our agency to provide on-the-job work experiences for individuals with disabilities. I have lost count on how many of our clients she has graciously invited to shadow her, volunteer, intern and train with her team.”

Family Promise is a nonprofit organization that assist homeless families in Lee County. Family Promise has made sure the parking area, entrance and interior designs of their location is accessible to all guests and employees, and they have worked hard to ensure an inclusive workforce.

Family Promise has also shown great commitment to considering job applicants’ abilities and providing accommodations if and when needed. Sybil Smith, Project Assistant, is just one example of the diverse staff at Family Promise. Smith uses a wheelchair for mobility, and is a hard working, effective part of the nonprofit’s team.

Executive Director Tamara Brogan (r) is pictured with Project Assistant Sybil Smith in the Family Promise office.

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Individuals with Disabilities continue to be the most under utilized target group for employment. In 2019, less than 20% of persons with a disability were employed compared to over 66% of persons without a disability (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Many individuals with disabilities are able and available to work, but are often overlooked. NC Rehabilitation Association and NC Vocational Rehabilitation are available to assist businesses with recruiting, training and hiring applicants with disabilities. For more information, please contact the local VR office at 919-775-2247 or email deanna.jones@dhhs.nc.gov

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