NDEAM: Cuyahoga County Public Library

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Vocational Guidance Services (VGS) joins the U.S. Department of Labor and organizations across the nation in celebrating National Disability Employment Month (NDEAM) throughout October. VGS is proud to partner with employers throughout Ohio who prioritize disability inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Employer, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) and VGS have been long time partners, with VGS staffing much of their custodial services in all 28 CCPL branchess. Our relationship continues to flourish, just this month VGS was asked to increase the number of staff working at CCPL ahead of Election Day. We spoke with CCPL Director of Facilities, Jeffrey Mori, about why the library system’s commitment to including individuals with disabilities in their workforce makes sense for CCPL and the larger community.

What is the benefit to CCPL of partnering with VGS?

The services provided by VGS are absolutely essential to maintaining our daily operations. We have a significant need for this service and working with VGS allows CCPL to provide work for individuals who are often underserved. To me, it’s a win-win opportunity. Partnering with VGS allows CCPL to collectively strengthen the economic vitality of our region and remain recognized as an essential community asset and innovative industry leader. The Community should know about VGS and the hard work involved to overcome challenges and barriers to employment. The employment landscape is constantly changing and VGS is finding new ways to provide support and opportunity in these unprecedented times. 

Why are you an advocate for individuals with disabilities?

AT CCPL, we provide a safe and welcoming environment that allows success for any motivated VGS employee assigned to our buildings, regardless of limitations or challenges. We see VGS as an extension of our CPPL family and invest our own time and resources to make sure there is opportunity for individual growth and accomplishment. We do this not only because, now more than ever, we need facilities that are clean and welcoming, but more importantly because we care. As Director of Facilities, I am able to give praise for a job well done on behalf of CCPL to the very deserving individuals who work in what is too often a thankless service industry, This is as rewarding for me as it is for those receiving the praise.

Employee: Carlton

Carlton has been employed at Cuyahoga County Library’s Warrensville Heights branch for nearly two years. He brings two decades of building maintenance experience to our team and easily exceeds the expectations of CCPL’s management. Carlton’s expertise in his field is matched by his resilience and professionalism. Carlton receives dialysis treatment three days a week due to renal kidney failure. He arrives for treatment at 5 a.m. and leaves for his CCPL shift immediately after. Even with the challenge of his illness and the rigorousness of his treatment, Carlton has never been late to a shift. In addition to his impeccable work, Carlton has a positive attitude and joyful spirit that make him a pleasure to work with. Carlton is a wonderful part of the CCPL / VGS family and a true inspiration for anyone faced with barriers to employment.