CELEBRATING INCLUSION: At Community Options’ recent ceremony honoring Jovani Rodriguez, Patricia Pavlovsky, and Allen Reigert, those on hand were, from left: Paula Nessler, director of supported employment, Community Options; Assemblyman Dan Benson; Rodriguez, senior food service worker, Aramark; Pavlovsky, assistant program manager, Community Options; Reigert, director of food services, Aramark; Richard Freeman, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton; Hamilton Township Council President Jeff Martin; Scott Crass, constituent services director for Senator Linda Greenstein; and Svetlana Repic-Qira, regional vice president, Community Options.
Community Options, Inc. presented three awards to individuals for outstanding achievements and for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Jovani Rodriguez, Allen Reigert, and Patricia Pavlovsky received awards during a ceremony at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.
Rodriguez had been a volunteer at the RWJ Hospital in Hamilton for three years through the Community Options STEP21 program. His consistent work ethic and dedication as a volunteer was recognized by Reigert, director of food services for Aramark at RWJ Hamilton.
He recruited Rodriguez to come work for him once he completed STEP21. Working alongside job coach Pavlovsky, Reigert went the extra mile to hold the position for Rodriguez. Both he and Pavlovsky worked to ensure that everything was set up for him to begin working as soon as possible. Today, Rodriguez is a senior food service worker and continues to make great strides towards his independence. more