The partnership shines light on Walmart employee who utilizes The Arc Wayne programs
By Nicole Mauro
Seven months ago, Mike was hired at the Newark Walmart as a stocker. Almost 19 years ago, Mike was introduced to The Arc Wayne and our Supportive Employment and Care Coordination programs. Mike has worked in a nursing home, a gas station and another grocery store, but Mike is more than thrilled to be working for Walmart. Surrounded by fun coworkers, understanding managers, and stocked shelves, Mike has no complaints (at least today).
“I love my job; I am happy where I am at,” Mike said. “Walmart works with me.”
Cheryll Hall has been Mike’s case manager for four years. Updating resumes, taking individuals to interviews, observing and giving direction in the workplace is just a glimpse of what caseworkers do on a daily basis. Although, Mike received his licence in November. As a matter of fact, he earned it on his first try. (I would love to know how many of our readers can attest to that).
The Arc Wayne has relationships with both the Newark and the Macedon Walmart. Mike is not the only one who works at a local Walmart and receives support from The Arc Wayne programs.
“They have been very understanding,” said Hall. “We have had some people that have to start 1-to-1 and [Walmart] listened when [our individual] said he didn't like the job he was doing and they were accepting and worked with him.”
“Understanding” seemed to be the go-to word when describing The Arc Wayne’s experiences with Walmart, and we would not want it any other way. We hope for other workplaces to continue striving to be as inclusive as possible and help us in our mission of promoting independence with compassion, understanding and support while connecting individuals and their families to a world of possibilities.
Partnership With Walmart
The Newark Walmart awarded The Arc Wayne with a $500 Walmart Community Grant to benefit the 2019 Arc of Wayne Annual Golf Tournament on June 24 where proceeds go directly to The Arc of Wayne Foundation. The Arc of Wayne Foundation provides support to the numerous programs like the services Mike utilizes. Walmart Community Giving works to forge quality relationships and strong interactions with their grantees. The continuous support Walmart provides to The Arc Wayne through Walmart Giving is beyond impactful to our organization and the individuals we support.
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