Ella, a client at RHD Defuniak Springs, is featured in the new book "Embracing Inclusion: People With Disabilities Enriching the Workforce." Here is Ella's story as it appears in the book:
Ella got a job in the Healthmark Regional Medical Center’s dietary department 20 years ago with the help of RHD DeFuniak Springs, a community-based clubhouse model and day program serving adults with developmental disabilities. But she went above and beyond to make the job her own. And this year she was recognized as the hospital’s employee of the year.
"She’ll tell you her job title is ‘dishwasher,’ but she shouldn’t have that job title. She does way more than that. She does everything.If I had two Ellas in here, I wouldn’t need anybody else. She’s so hard-working — never grumps, never gripes, always smiling." -- Dietary Supervisor Pat Pryor.
"RHD helped me a lot, and I’m so glad I have my job.I love working at the hospital. I like working with the patients. People in the hospital, you want to help make them feel better. I like taking them their food, and I talk to them. I like working with everybody. I love my boss, Pat. I do anything she asks me." -- Ella
You can read more about Ella on the RHD website here
RHD Defuniak Springs
is a community-based clubhouse model and day program serving adults with developmental disabilities. Includes training in activities of daily living, pre-vocational skills, job exploration, volunteer services, work enclaves, community resource utilization, community organization participation, recreation skills, residential rehabilitation, respite care, and personal care services. In 2002, the program expanded to provide supported living services.