JAMESTOWN - The Home Depot and one of its employees, Kyle Keller, have been honored under the "Works for Me" program operated by the New York state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Keller, a Celoron resident, received a Certificate of Recognition from OPWDD "in honor of your dedication, hard work and commitment to New York state's workforce." OPWDD honored The Home Depot "in recognition of your commitment to workforce diversity and inclusion."
Keller has worked at The Home Depot's West Ellicott location since April 2012. He obtained his job through The Resource Center's Supported Employment Program, which matches the employment interests of individuals with disabilities and local businesses interested in hiring people who have disabilities.
Pictured from left are Chrissy Zilich, Kyle Keller and Chris Kunkle.
Keller is a friendly, likeable young man who usually is smiling. His supervisors at The Home Depot say these are important traits in Keller's job, which includes performing general maintenance, retrieving shopping carts from the parking lot and helping customers load merchandise into their vehicles.
"He's the last impression that customers have when they leave our store. He's the last person that our customers interact with," said Chris Kunkle, the store's manager. "Kyle gets joy out of helping people."
"Kyle's our attitude adjuster, because he's always in a good mood," said Chrissy Zilich from The Home Depot's human resources office.
"He's a joy to be around," echoed Faith Baker, the administrator of TRC's employment services. "He puts a smile on our faces."
For his part, Keller said he enjoys his job and realizes his value to The Home Depot.
"I do a lot," he said. "I help people out."
The Resource Center and The Home Depot have worked together for a number of years to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
"It's just really great to have a partner in the community like this," said Baker.
"We've made a good relationship with The Resource Center," Kunkle said. "We're glad to also be a partner in the community."
For more information about The Resource Center's employment services for people with disabilities, call 483-2344.