Imara loves to clean – a passion she is now putting to work as a valued team member at Community Forklift in Hyattsville, a non-profit warehouse operation for recycled building materials.
Known for her sunny disposition and attention to detail, Imara enlisted Ardmore’s supported employment services a couple of years ago and immediately began to learn valuable work experience as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Martha’s Closet. In the process of discovering her abilities and exploring her interests, it became apparent to the Ardmore team that cleaning should be at the top of the list.
So when Community Forklift hired her to do just that, she was well up to the challenge, according to Ruthie Mundell, the Marketing and Outreach Director there. “Because of what we do, our administrative offices are always dusty, which meant that before Imara came to work here, we were constantly scrambling to clean up for board meetings or community events. Bringing Imara on has made all the difference in our morale, as well as our mission. She does a beautiful job and we are truly grateful to have her here.”
To ensure that Imara gets off to a good start, her job coach, Ardmore’s Avery Filhiol, provides on-the-job support, as and when she needs it. “Although she’s an amazing cleaner, she still needs prompting to move from one task to another. But she’s a quick learner and that’s a big plus.”
Imara’s mother is equally delighted with her daughter’s progress. “She is my right hand, and such a help with everything around our house,” Erlinda Flores explains. “Naturally, we are very proud of her and so happy that she is working in a place where people appreciate what she can do.”