Successful Ribbon Cutting Event in Springfield, Massachusetts

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On May 21st, Opportunity Services office in Springfield, Masachusetts opened their doors for a Ribbon Cutting event to introduce OS to the community. The Ribbon Cutting was a huge success bringing in over 30 people to the Opportunity Services office to meet Kat Mangiafico, Supervisor of Supported Employment, Jeremy Gurney, Vice-President, current clients and local business partners.

Also in attendance was Anne-Gerard Flynn, a feature writer for MassLive.com.¬†Anne wrote a great article highlighting Opportunity Services and the success of Waleska Font-Ontero, a current Opportunity Services client in Springfield who is working at Granite City Electric Supply Company. As the sole breadwinner for her family, Waleska was searching for assistance to obtain employment. Waleska was one of our first clients in Springfield and has come a long way since starting to work with Kat. Two local legislators attended the ribbon cutting as well: Massachusetts State Representatives Carlos Gonzalez and Jose F. Tosado (pictured above right with Kat and Jeremy). According to Anne-Gerard Flynn, Tosado said it was “fantastic to see a new business come to Springfield. The population you target needs your support. They need to get away from the stigma that sometimes goes with some of these disabilities.”

Kat Mangiafico, Supervisor of Supported Employment continues to welcome the community to join in the disability and employment conversation. Starting Tuesday, June 9th, Kat will host a 10-week Employment Workshop open to the public hosted at a local library. This workshop will provide community members the opportunity to ask questions about disability and employment, as well as informing them about the benefits that come with hiring people with disabilities.

Opportunity Services is excited to help the Pioneer Valley get back to work! We are looking forward to continuing to build strong and impactful client and business partners in Springfield, Massachusetts.