October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Employment Services would like to highlight some of our employers and ask anyone that follows these stories to support these local businesses. If you are in Minneapolis and happen to stop by Eat Street Social or Northeast Social for dinner, look around and notice the shining floor, sparkling bar, and spotless restrooms. There is a good chance that you are looking at the hard work and dedication of Lisa. In March, Lisa began working as a cleaner at Northeast Social three days a week to get the restaurant ready for guests to arrive.
Lisa Suda’s persistent self-advocacy skills are something many of us could learn from. When she was offered the job, Lisa told the manager that she was looking for more hours her first week on the job. Just a couple months after beginning her position at Northeast, Lisa began speaking to her Employment Consultant and manager about working additional hours. Her supervisors were so happy with her work at Northeast Social that four months after gaining employment she was asked to work two days a week at their larger sister restaurant, Eat Street Social and is now working 5 days per week. Lisa happily took on the challenge of this larger restaurant, adjusting to communicate with new co-workers, and continues to take on additional tasks and responsibilities whenever she can. Shortly after gaining additional hours, her next goal was to earn a raise. Lisa self-advocated for a raise with her manager and at her 6-month review was able to successfully see her hard work and dedication pay off.
Lisa continues to take pride in her work and enjoys being able to show her Employment Consultant, managers, and family what she has accomplished. Now that Lisa has found her niche at work she wants to pursue finding a place of her own.
Go to www.everyoneemployed.com to check out more employers you can support throughout the Twin Cities!