SJCS Stories

Working with Partners at the Intersection of Customized Employment and Poverty

SJCS-PA is working with partners to address the complex issues at the intersection of disability, poverty, and unemployment in less traditional ways. Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery provide a starting point for people to think about employment. Rather than a traditional approach, which asks “Do you have work for…...

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Jamal Williams, SJCS Art Options Artist, to Take Part in The AFRO’s 125th Gala

Jamal Williams, an emerging artist in the DC area, will be appearing at The AFRO American Newspaper’s 125th-anniversary gala, where he will be actively creating new pieces, and where his art will be available for sale. Jamal began painting ten years ago through St. John’s Community Services while in high…...

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10 Years of Dedication

When the University of Tennessee, Martin opened for the spring semester, Sodexo Dining Services recognized one of their valued team members for reaching a special milestone within the company. Tony was presented with a certificate of appreciation for ten years of dedicated service from his supervisor, while receiving cheers and…...

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Gerald Finds Job Satisfaction

Until 2016, Gerald Smith had either worked in a sheltered workshop, where he was on a piece-work rate scale, making pennies a part, or in janitorial teams of people with disabilities, again making at or just above minimum wage. This work did not satisfy Gerald, he wanted to be out…...

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Meet Our Interviewer

Antonio Myers, Interviewer Interviews conducted by Antonio Myers, Marketing and Communications Assistant. As a current staff member and long-time participant in SJCS Programs, Antonio reminds us every day what is possible. Antonio was first introduced to SJCS when he was 3 years old, and then went on to graduate from…...

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Interview with Laura Strmel, Regional Director, SJCS-DE

There are times when the adage ‘it takes a village’ to describe a successful accomplishment can be over used. Just ask Laura Strmel, our Delaware Regional Director, and she’ll probably tell you that, as cliché as it sounds, it is still true. Over the last few months, Laura has been…...

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ART Options Program Expands Into Virginia with a New Studio

The great artist Edgar Degas once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Judging by this observation, you can automatically understand why SJCS has had such great success with its DC based ART Options Program. This program has allowed numerous individuals with disabilities to…...

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Interview with Larry Russock, Regional Director, SJCS-PA

  Recently, SJCS-PA joined a new and exciting community partnership with The Village of Arts and Humanities (The Village) in North Central Philadelphia. An offshoot of the Employment First initiative, this new partnership will include SJCS-PA assisting The Village in integrating their Trauma Informed Care model with SJCS-PA’s employment services,…...

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SJCS Participant

Well-liked by all, Tom began his employment journey in 2015 with SJCS-Delaware. During discovery and job development, Tom expressed a keen interest in horticulture. He is successfully matched to his job of choice, working full-time at Lowe’s Home Improvement Garden Center in Wilmington, Delaware. As with most career paths, his…...

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What Does My Future Look Like?

Kristen came to St. John’s Community Services-Tennessee (SJCS-TN) in October 2016. With SJCS-TN’s support, she moved into a supported living home and started a new chapter of her life. Before long, Kristen had developed her SJCS family. For the first time in her 18 years, with staff assistance, Kristen went…...

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