In 2005, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, Christine Riley fled New Orleans. She had two young daughters and a 3-month-old son with cystic fibrosis in tow when she joined her best friend in Atlanta. Christine decided this was the place to settle with her family, and she now serves as Job Coach in Frazer Center’s Supported Employment Program for adults with disabilities.
She has worked as a Direct Support Professional in both a group home setting and a day program, but she’s
As part of our Supported Employment Program, Christine gets to know the individuals who are interested in finding employment. She becomes familiar with their desires, strengths, and abilities, then helps the individual search for a perfect job match. That process includes nurturing relationships with business owners who may or may not have ever considered hiring people with disabilities.
Christine advocates for the job-seeker and aims to give business owners a new perspective on the possibilities of strengthening business by diversifying their workforce. Once a job match has
Ernest is one of our Adult Program participants who had long been dreaming of employment. Christine knew the owner of several Family Dollar stores, but he had never considered hiring anyone with a disability. After talking with Christine, he decided that Ernest might fit the bill for a position at one
Ernest is proud to
Meanwhile, Christine carries on with her responsibility of finding win-win employment situations for others. Most people with a disability, if given a choice, will choose employment. And yet only about one-third of people with disabilities
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