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StoneRidge Receives Employer of the Year Award

It was a time of celebration for StoneRidge Poplar Run and for the many Lebanon County professionals who advocate for the dozens of employees with disabilities who are excelling at their work.  The awards banquet, which honors these local employees as well as selected area employers who display impeccable support to all employees regardless of disability, was held at Salem Lutheran Church in Lebanon.  StoneRidge Poplar Run was one of the recipients this year and was happy to receive the Large Employer of the Year Award by Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.


The annual banquet is sponsored and hosted by the Works With Me Committee, a coalition of government entities, MH/ID/EI, provider agencies like Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley (DDS) and school districts who believe that all people in Lebanon County should have the opportunity to work in a safe, accessible and supportive work environment that is free of bias.  The committee meets monthly to share information, educate and advocate so these goals may be accomplished.  Jessica Penchard, vice president of development for DDS, stated, “Award recipients embody the spirit of advocacy as they devote their efforts to employ persons with disabilities and to making the challenge of working with a disability much easier.  The nominees commit themselves to helping individuals strive for great accomplishment and professional distinction.  Every success achieved by someone with a disability encourages others to overcome and succeed, promoting the values of commitment, hard work, and the desire to excel.” 


DDS Employment Specialist Bob Barry nominated StoneRidge to receive the Large Employer of the Year Award.  The committee reported that Bob spoke very highly of the people he has associated with at StoneRidge with regard to David Light, a dietary worker, who has worked at StoneRidge for six years and is doing an excellent job.  Tom Maiello, director of public relations and communications at StoneRidge, stated, “David is a wonderful man and does a good job for us.  We are happy he is on our team.”  He went on to say, “We are thankful for this award, and we remain committed to providing employment opportunities to members of our community, including those with developmental delays and various disabilities, who are capable and are seeking a path towards independence.  We salute the good work of Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley and the Works With Me Committee.”


(Photo caption: From left, David Light, Tom Maiello, StoneRidge Executive Chef Nate Schumacher and Jo Ellen Litz)

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