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Business honored for commitment to workforce diversity

Fri, Dec 4th 2015 11:30 am

People Inc. has recognized an Island business for creating what it calls "an inclusive workforce."

People Inc., a Western New York's health and human services agency, announced that Walgreens on Grand Island Boulevard in Grand Island was one of two Walgreens locations recognized for dedication at the Western New York Employment Consortium's National Disability Employment Awareness Month Business Recognition Awards in October.

The boulevard location was honored for dedication and support to Jennifer Voss, who receives services from People Inc. Although Voss had no former work experience before joining Walgreens, the team has been extremely supportive, said People Inc.

People Inc. works to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities secure and maintain meaningful, competitive employment. More than 150 businesses in the area partner with the agency's Vocational Services and Supported Employment Program to employ individuals with disabilities. According to People Inc., a nationwide effort has been made to encourage employers to hire individuals with disabilities, a skilled group who are unemployed at a rate that is twice that of people without disabilities.

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