On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, both Roche Bros. Supermarkets and Fall River Public Schools were honored at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston for choosing to diversify their workforce.
Corner Clubhouse and Towne House, both programs of Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR), are located in Attleboro and Fall River, Massachusetts, and utilize peer support to offer members a wide array of opportunities to achieve their full potential. Members take part in a ‘work-ordered day,’ which parallels the typical business hours of the working community. Members and staff work side-by-side as colleagues to help operate the program. Participation is established in ways that support each individual’s goals for employment and socialization, and is designed to transition members to paid work opportunities.
The event was organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC), a non-profit organization that develops the leadership of those who have a psychiatric disability, and the staff of those clubhouse centers.
Roche Bros. Supermarket and Fall River Public Schools were selected for recognition because of their partnership in helping clubhouse members gain meaningful employment and welcoming a diverse workforce. Massachusetts State Representative Jay Barrows presented the award to Joe Curtin, Director of Training and Development (Roche Bros. Supermarkets) and Steve Hohmann, Store Manager, (Roche Bros. Supermarkets).
In addition to Roche Bros. Supermarkets and Fall River Public Schools, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHH) Secretary, Marylou Sudders, and DMH Commissioner, Joan Mikula, presented awards to twenty-five additional companies honored during the event.
Another group of employers received special recognition for their leadership on the MCC’s Employment Expansion Project Employer Advisory Board. Those receiving special leadership awards included Steven Beck, Exec. Director, Big Brother Big Sister Foundation; Jeanne Strickland, Exec. Director, Newton Community Development Foundation; Leisa Meade, Human Resources, Edgar Rodas, Project Coordinator and Angel Ruiz, Environmental Service Manager, Milford Regional Medical Center; John Peacock, Exec. Director, Waltham Chamber of Commerce; Andrea Gewirtz, VP Statewide Services, Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership; Jeremy Scott, Owner, Premium Printer Supplies; Jeffrey Lander, Proprietor, Appilistic, a soft-ware company; Jan Demeio, Head of Circulation, Wayland Free Public Library, and Andrea Allard, Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Westfield. This special recognition is for leaders who are helping to reach out to other companies, and more deeply within their own company, to increase employment opportunities for Clubhouse members.
“Countering the myths about people with psychiatric conditions, there are hundreds of companies in Massachusetts who are choosing to look past disability and see ability and opportunity as they employ members of Clubhouses” said Reva Stein, Exec. Director of the MCC.
Representative Denise Garlick, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, commended the employers for recognizing the ability and potential in those they employ. “Your decision to employ someone who has a mental health challenge, is helping to transform that person’s life,” Chairwoman Garlick told the crowd assembled at the Statehouse to honor the companies. “It is a wise business decision on your part, while also helping to build more inclusive and welcoming communities. It is a pleasure to honor you today. The families of those with mental illness and I appreciate your excellent business practices.”
Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR) fosters hope and recovery. We provide behavioral health services to improve the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness and addiction disorders. FHR serves over 7,000 individuals through a person-centered approach across 7 states – Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. To learn more about our clubhouses, click here.