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In light of its achievements to create jobs for people with disabilities through inclusive employment strategies, Mariano’s Fresh Market was honored by SourceAmerica as its Commercial Business Partnership Award winner.
As part of its commitment to community that's rooted in its operational philosophy, Mariano's partnered with JVS Chicago, a nonprofit agency that staffs and trains people with disabilities, to employ 50 disabled people in its stores. In addition to offering flexible scheduling, Mariano's staff works with JVS job coaches to mentor its employees with disabilities when a JVS coach cannot be present.
“Mariano’s gives people with disabilities a chance to work while creating an environment that’s nourishing and welcoming,” said Leah Rudy, JVS Chicago supervisor of client services. “Management has been phenomenal in embracing these employees and making sure they are part of the team.”
“Mariano’s is humbled to receive this award,” said Christa Bertolini, Mariano’s talent acquisition manager. “Each time Mariano’s opens a new store we work with JVS to staff positions for people with disabilities, and we will continue to do so in the future.”
The Vienna, Va.-based SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities via a network of more than 1,200 community-based nonprofits.