Volume 2, Issue 1

February 2020

Working together to make a difference.

Integration at the workplace is our goal!

We Welcome:

Billing Specialist, Tamra Cross – We are very thrilled to have Tamra working with us! She brings all the experience from working as a technician for VR until she recently relocated to Missouri.  We are very excited that she took our Billing Specialist position.  She is very detail-oriented and she will be receiving all the invoices and authorizations, making sure everything is on point! Welcome to our team, Tamra!

ES, Manuel Gonzalez – Manuel comes with years of experience in sales and management. He also come to us with experience working with people with disabilities, which is where his caring and understanding side shines the brightest.  He has the perfect combination to pursue potential employers and helping them to understand the importance of what we all do!  He is very persistent in opening new doors for our clients, just one of the many things he excels at! We are very excited with all those new opportunities Manuel is opening in the Miami and Naples area! Welcome!

ES, Ariany Gonzalez – Another Gonzalez has joined the team! Ariany is bilingual and has the education and passion to assist our clients.  She has years of experience working with the population we serve and we are so thrilled to have her on our team! Ariany has a degree is in psychology and she understands her clients’ needs by putting herself in their shoes when a situation arises.   We are very thankful and thrilled to have her as part of our NSES team!

Naples Spring – VR Career Camp

We are fully booked for our Naples Spring – VR Career Camp! Thanks to the Naples VR office for making sure those students participate in this learning and fun experience!  We are ready for the Spring Break week to give those clients some important employment tools!

NSES Success Story:

Ethan S.

A friendly face and a great smile are some of the ways to describe Ethan. Miss Vivian, the owner of Scrub & Bubbles Laundry, enjoys having Ethan working in her business. Vivian says that her clients ask where Ethan is on his days off because he is already known by the clients. When a customer comes in Ethan greets them and is always willing to help a client fold clothes when needed. On his break, Ethan loves to eat the chicken nuggets from the fast food restaurant next door, but as soon as he finishes he gets right back to work. Vivian describes Ethan as a kind, hard worker, and an asset to the team. Great job Ethan, continue to be successful!!

NSES Success Story:

Nicholas B.

Airplanes, people, luggage and the excitement of travelers are the things that greet Nick every day he volunteers at Sarasota – Bradenton International Airport. Nick loves to travel. The next best thing is to help people who are traveling. Nick has been working as an ambassador at SRQ at the information desk. He helps travelers know when their plane is about to arrive or if it has been delayed. Nick finds it very easy to access an airline’s website to check the status of plane arrivals and departures. Nick has also worked on the gate side information desk helping travelers find the correct gate or help the arriving passengers find the baggage claim area. He answers lots of questions. He really enjoys his job, and it shows. The Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator said, “The feedback that I get from those who work with him is outstanding. We absolutely love having Nick volunteer here at the airport.” Good job Nick!

Judy’s Corner

“I recently had the opportunity of working with 2 clients in Immokalee, Florida teaching them Work Readiness Training. We met in the library. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I teach classes on how to dress, how to approach a new employer and how to leave a good first impression to name a few. I stress that they should dress properly for an interview, ask questions when there is an opportunity, smile and above all be polite. My teaching became real to them when we went for lunch one day at Burger King and met the manager and general manager. One of my students was particularly shy and afraid to talk to potential managers. This experience changed his whole outlook. We had a lot to discuss during our classes after that! I am happy to have the chance to change their outlook and hopefully make a difference in their future.”

We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to help our clients gain applicable work experience through the OJT programs we have in place. With the help of our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors, our clients work together as a TEAM to get the knowledge they need to be successful in the workplace. Kudos to the Vocational Rehabilitation staff for all that they do!

Offering services in:
Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties