Since 1987 we have helped hundreds of individuals find and maintain
employment. Experience tells us that a successful job placement
is found where the employer, employee, and Goldman & Associates,
Inc. work together as a team. Here are some of our success stories.
& Huntleigh USA
& The Heathman Lodge
and Red Lion Hotel at the Quay
- Kerri & DSHS
(Click On a Link Above to View The Success Story)
Troy & Huntleigh USA
2002, Goldman & Associates, Inc. teamed up with Huntleigh
USA to help Troy work as a Baggage Agent at Portland International
Troy is a resilient, hard working person that does not let
his disability interfere with his dreams.
In the summer of 2002 Troy lost his job when the company he
had worked for closed its plant in Washington and moved production
At this point Goldman & Associates, Inc. began assisting
Troy to find a new full time position. After being unemployed
for less than a month a position was developed for Troy at PDX
with Huntleigh USA.
Goldman & Associates, Inc. assisted Huntleigh USA in understanding
how Troy could contribute to their needs at the airport and
by providing training and support to their personnel working
with Troy. According to Simon J. Robinson, the General Manager
of Huntleigh USA at PDX, "Goldman & Associates, Inc.
support and interaction has made Troy's employment possible.
Troy has been recognized by Huntleigh USA's clients for his
performance during high pressure times at the airport."
The bottom line in Huntleigh USA's commitment to working with
Troy is their ability to see Troy as an individual who is hard
working and dedicated. They are able to go beyond seeing Troy
as someone who is disabled.
Huntleigh USA at Portland International Airport:
left - Hoyt Martin - Training Manager, center - Valerie Vance
- HR Supervisor, right - Rod Linnell - Payroll Supervisor, seated
- Simon J. Robinson - General Manager
Gavin & The Heathman Lodge
the Fall of 2002, Goldman & Associates, Inc. teamed up with
The Heathman Lodge to find Gavin work. Gavin was hired by The
Heathman Lodge to assist the housekeeping department in keeping
the halls, stairways, and elevators clean for guests.
Goldman & Associates, Inc. helped Gavin secure this position
which is just a few blocks from his house. The first thing that
we did when Gavin was hired was provide intensive support to
help Gavin learn his job. We developed a task book to allow
Gavin to work independently to complete the tasks assigned by
Goldman & Associates, Inc. has provided the support and
training that Gavin needed to learn his job. We have also provided
long-term support to help Gavin learn any new responsibilities
assigned to his job. We have been with Gavin since the day he
was hired and will continue to support him in the future.
Gavin has become an exemplary employee at The Heathman Lodge.
"He comes to work every day with a smile on his face, and
strives to do his best every day which serves as an example
to our staff and a role model to me. He takes pride in his work
and always strives to finish everything that he has been asked
to do.", said Brian McClary, the Room Division Manager
at The Heathman Lodge.
Gavin and his supervisors at The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver,
Left to Right: Tammy Dobbs - Housekeep Supervisor, Maryiam Rabuh
- Housekeeping Supervisor, Gavin Hansen - Hall Attendant, Brian
McClary - Room Division Manager
Shelli and Red Lion Hotel at the
was born with Downs Syndrome 39 years ago. Her father passed
away in an untimely manner when Shelli was a young girl. She
was raised to excel by her mother Kate who set the bar high
for her. She was taught to do house chores and held accountable
from an early age. Shelli has always been involved in Church
activities and would play her tambourine and sing at our company
picnics. She also shared her talents with the staff at the Red
Lion. In 1991 Shelli was in a group employment program. At that
time the employer said Shelli will never be able to work in
a main stream community based job. This did not sit well with
her mother Shelli Fanning with her proud mother, Kate Fanning
Kate Fanning who approached the DD board and by no uncertain
means expressed her opinion and then some as we joke about 14
years later. Shelli was then referred to G&A, Inc. as the
first person that entered our Supported Employment Program.
Since 1991 The Red Lion at the Quay has made a solid and unwavering
commitment in hiring individuals with disabilities and minorities.
To date Cerise Jolliver, Regional Director of Human Resources,
has assisted in hiring over 30 people with disabilities and
countless minorities. Cerise has been discussing and searching
how the Red Lion can integrate low income, minorities and individuals
with disabilities since her first meeting with Goldman &
Associates in 1989. She was always ahead of the curve and has
continued to make opportunities for people. Her assistant Jean
Watson is very accommodating, offering encouragement and support
to all employee. They strive to create an atmosphere of respect
and teamwork and it shows when you walk into the property.
Cerise and I talked about supported employment prior to our
contract and as soon as we started our program the housekeeping
supervisor, Cerise, Shelli and I carved out a job for her as
a housekeeping aid. Cerise and Jean Watson, Vera Dabiy, Shelli
Fanning, Lisa Pearson, and Cerise Jolliver staff have made accommodations
since the get go when terms like job carving, job coach, inclusion
where not in the main stream vernacular. They have not abandoned
employees when they were having difficult, but have done all
they can and beyond to help the employee become successful.
Many employees have advanced to high positions and the retention
rate has been high. In fourteen years, Shelli has only missed
two days of work due to severe flu.
Since Lisa Pearson became the housekeeping supervisor several
years ago she made a commitment to except nothing but the best
from Shelli. Lisa makes accommodations for her but will do nothing
that enables Shelli to work below her potential. Through the
years Shelli has been given increased responsibilities and has
made the most out of it. A great team has been establish between
Lisa, Shelli, Nancy her job coach and Kate, Shelli's mother.
the recession hit following 9-11, The Red Lion continued their
commitment to Shelli when many employers made cuts. Shelli continues
to participate in all staff meetings and social events. She
was elected "Employee of the Month," by her follow
housekeepers and proudly wore her badge. I would like to add
that Shelli is legally blind and has 20% sight.
This October, during National Disability Awareness Week 2005,
The Red Lion at the Quay, (Cerise Jolliver and Lisa Pierson)
and Shelli Fanning were nominated as employer and employee par
excellence for the National Disability Employment Awareness
Community Award. Sponsored by the Clark County Developmental
Disability Advisory Board and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce,
this award is to honor the role people with disabilities have
in assisting us to achieve a dynamic, productive workforce and
recognize the leadership of the business community. And, both
were recipients of the Community Award!
Kerri & DSHS Children's Administration
I was working at the Ice Arena I told my job coach I really
wanted to do clerical work. When an opening came up with DSHS
she helped me apply and get the job.
G&A help training me and helped me overcome some problems
I had with getting distracted on the job. I worked with my job
coach and supervisor to work things out. I really like my co-workers
and we work together as a team. My job coach helped me prioritize,
developed a training book with cues to keep me on task. I feel
successful due to the help of my co-workers whenever I need
help. I truly appreciate the help G&A has given me throughout
been thrilling to watch Kerri learn and grow during the last
five years. She has become invaluable to us. She does a lot
of copying of confidential client case files, works on special
projects, helps stocking and taking deliveries, maintains orderly
copy rooms, makes sure there is paper for all our copiers, printers,
and faxes, and much more.
Any time Kerri has needed special direction, her worker/counselor
would come on site and help Kerri learn new tasks or re-train
to work differently with us. She is bubbly, friendly, and fun
to work with. Kerri seems to enjoy and take pride in her job.
DSHS Children's Administration