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Cornucopia’s programs provide real-life work experiences and training opportunities for people with a range of disabilities. Our graduates often move on to jobs in communities throughout the region, helping them to gain or maintain their independence. We are inspired by the success of many of our graduates and proud to share with you a few of their stories. Cornucopia consumers find jobs throughout the community

Success in the Family Business since 1993
Jerry B. has been a dependable part of his family’s business since he graduated from Cornucopia’s vocational training program at Nature’s Bin in 1993. His first job was at Brennan’s Market on Madison Avenue in Lakewood. Jerry brought his freshly-minted job skills to the produce department rotating and re-stocking fresh items on the store shelves. He was also responsible for bringing product up from basement storage on a conveyor belt. After five years at the market on Madison, Jerry moved on to a new position at Brennan’s Catering and Banquet Center in Cleveland and has been there ever since. In this position Jerry is an important part of the team that prepares the venue for parties and events.

“Jerry works 20 hours a week,” commented owner, Sean Brennan. “He sets tables with flatware, cups and saucers, and helps to set up seating in the rooms whether that is for a program with rows of chairs or rounds with chairs for a party or wedding. He also washes dishes and helps the team clean-up after an event. The job can be pretty physical and Jerry is a hard worker.” Jerry added, “Some days are harder than others but it’s a pretty fun job.”

Completing a Milestone
Patricia G.’s employment journey touched many facets of Cornucopia. Patricia first started with Cornucopia in the vocational training program at Eliza Jennings. There Patricia excelled, working side-by-side with Cornucopia staff in the housekeeping, laundry and dietary departments. Through that program, Patricia discovered she had a strong desire to learn culinary skills and seek employment in the culinary field. In September, 2013, Patricia transferred to (and became the first official trainee in) the Cornucopia Vocational Training Center and Commissary Kitchen in Lakewood.

Under the guidance of her Case Manager, Shelly Bishop, Patricia successfully completed her training earning a Serv Safe certificate and becoming the first graduate to be hired as a Prep Cook at the Vocational Training Center. When a relationship was developed with Sodexo Food Services to hire Cornucopia’s culinary training graduates, Patricia was an ideal candidate for a position as a part-time Salad Prep Cook at the prestigious Key Tower in Cleveland. Patricia’s positive attitude, winning personality and successful work experiences through Cornucopia’s vocational training programs positioned her well for success in the competitive workplace. We are thrilled to say Patricia was hired at Sodexo at Key Tower in July 2015, where she continues to be successfully employed. Congratulations, Patricia!