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Lady Alexander, an operations supervisor at Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center in Perris has received an Excellence in Employment Award as Advocate of the Year from the California Disability Services Association for her dedication to helping persons with developmental disabilities succeed in their jobs. EXCEED, an organization that provides employment supports to people with disabilities, nominated Alexander for the award. EXCEED has served employees at the distribution center for 16 years and now has 25 clients working there, thanks to the special support and attention the clients receive from Alexander.
“I believe employees with developmental disabilities are just as capable of performing their duties as other employees,” Lady Alexander states. “They are reliable and seem to be more safety-minded and less likely to cause work-related incidents. Hiring employees with disabilities increases diversity in a work place and can teach other employees how creative they are and how to solve issues or how they can be successful at different tasks.” Alexander holds them accountable, and her unique management style is supportive of their needs but also pushes them to achieve their maximum potential. She is genuine in her efforts and is often referred to by Lowe’s employees and EXCEED staff as a “miracle-maker.” She has gone over and above by assisting in building confidence within some EXCEED clients that have struggled in their job performance, giving them that extra push they needed to get the job done. Recently, she eyed the potential in one of the clients in Group employment. Despite the accommodations required, she insisted that he apply for employment through Lowe’s and stated that she wanted to personally oversee him. In the past 12 to 18 months seven additional clients have been employed thanks to Alexander. The clients have been hired to complete a variety of jobs within the distribution center including utilities, maintenance assistant, label control, shipping and receiving department. These employment opportunities have made it possible for EXCEED clients to live independently, develop friendships within the work place, establish their credit, purchase homes and cars, start families, and take vacations, as well as develop their work skills. Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center in Perris is a one million square foot facility that is responsible for supplying over 40,000 different types of household products to stores all along the west coast. EXCEED has offices in Hemet, Mission Grove, and Perris, providing supported employment, situational assessments, center-based day and work programs, and long-term housing and training for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Excellence in Employment Award program is sponsored and run by the California Disability Services Association (CDSA), which has been the voice of developmental disability service providers in California for more than 40 years. CDSA is a trade association representing 80-plus community‐based, direct care providers whose common purpose is to help Californians with developmental disabilities lead productive and fulfilling lives of their choosing. These organizations serve 51,500 clients and employ some 19,000 people. Service providers respect the dignity, diversity of needs, feelings and independent thought of their clients, working with parents and families, the Regional Centers, and other advocacy networks. Developmental disabilities include, but are not limited to: autism, epilepsy, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other severe, chronic disabilities.
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Check out EXCEED staff (Erik, Kyra, Jennifer, Leticia and Shondra) performing Bruno Mars' 24Kt Magic at the 10th Annual Soboba Foundation Lip Sync Contest on June 23rd!
EXCEED won the "MC's Choice" award and placed 5th overall! Congratulations!
EXCEED was one of seven local non-profits selected to be a recipient from the Soboba Foundation's April 7th Golf Tournament!
12 volunteers from EXCEED attended that day to help with the tournament. Sandy Aldridge and Jesse Cota accepted the check for $10,000 at the banquet and awards ceremony immediately following the tournament.
Proceeds will be used to upgrade technology at the Santa Fe site.
During the first week of March, EXCEED Assistant Executive Director, Andrea Wells and 84 other California Disability Services Association (CDSA) members throughout California joined together to for the Annual Legislative Affairs Conference. The focus of the event was to deliver the association's 2017 message to the Legislators. Andrea had 8 meetings at the Capitol including offices of local representatives Assemblymembers Medina and Mayes and Senators Stone, Morrell and Roth. Talking points included: