Paying It Forward

Posted by Michelle Farber Ross on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 7:22am.

I wanted to take a moment in this holiday season, when we are all wrapped up (pun intended) in family gatherings, feverishly buying gifts for loved ones, going to holiday parties and still carrying on with your day-to-day work, family and lifestyle activities, to tell about one of the most rewarding aspects of my life.

As part of our community outreach program, Kelsey Ragsdale and I, went to the Dan Marino Foundation Campus, downtown Fort Lauderdale. First, we were blown away by the spectacular campus that Mary Partin and the folks at DMF have created by sponsorships and donors. This campus provides a nurturing environment for young adults with social challenges. At that meeting, I suggested that we reach out to the vocational students and see if we can employ some of them at our office. We are always preparing marketing materials, bulk mailings, newsletters, as well as databases and data entry and we figured, why not have one of the DMF students fill the position.

Fast forward to one day this fall, when Fidel (Dan Marino student) and Sue (his counselor) arrived at our office. It didn't take long for Fidel to mesh with all of our agents and staff and he is quickly becoming the shining star. He works at warp speed, is meticulous with his work product and always has a warm greeting for anybody passing by. I find that on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when Fidel reports for duty, I am especially eager to get to the office.

If you or your company can use the extra help, organizations like the Dan Marino Foundation, have programs in place where they can match young adults with your needs. You will be surprised how rewarding it is!

Yours truly,

Michelle Farber Ross

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