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Farmington Hills Resident receives JVS Employee of the Year Award

Weston Rosiek receives his 2014 Employee of the Year award from WDIV news anchor, Lauren Sanders.
Weston Rosiek receives his 2014 Employee of the Year award from WDIV news anchor, Lauren Sanders.
Weston Rosiek of Farmington Hills recently received the 2014 JVS Employee of the Year Award for overcoming obstacles to employment and becoming an exemplary employee.

The award was presented at the JVS Strictly Business Networking and Awards Luncheon June 12, 2014. Over 800 community and business leaders attended the event, which featured Honorary Chair and Keynote Speaker Mark Fields, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company, who extended his personal congratulations to Rosiek along with two other winners.

Rosiek was born with brain damage and suffered from seizures while growing up. He found purpose in life when he joined JVS’s Supported Employment Program (SEP), which helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment.

“The biggest challenge Rosiek has is communication and long-term retention of social and job skills,” explains Vicki Anderson, supervisor of JVS community-based services.

Rosiek looks forward to each workday, when he travels from JVS to Detroit Arsenal 5 as part of a janitorial crew. He works under the supervision of a JVS job coach as part of the Ability One program, which sets aside jobs for those with disabilities who may not have opportunities to find jobs elsewhere.

“I didn’t expect Weston would ever be able to have a job and get a paycheck,” says his mother, Etheleen Rosiek. “He loves going to work. A lot of his independence has come through JVS.”
Working at the Arsenal has also helped Rosiek build relationships and forge friendships outside of his family.

Anderson says Rosiek is a model employee: “He puts pride in his work; he is always willing to help, even without being asked. He is loyal to his coworkers and always brings a positive attitude to his workplace.”


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