Impact

Persistence. Determination. Discipline. These are just a few of the qualities that the team at PRIDE witnesses every day when working with individuals who want to rise above their disabilities and find meaningful employment. While PRIDE provides the services and support, the people we work with ultimately find their own success through hard work and commitment. Read some of their inspiring stories here.

Building the Foundation for a Future Career

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Employment services

Pride and Dedication: Meet Tracy Valencia, Job Coach

When Tracy Valencia was growing up, she would save all her class notes for her younger brother, whose disability made it hard for him to write. Her brother Ed used those notes to keep up in high school, eventually graduating as a straight-A student. Today, Tracy brings this same thoughtful dedication to her work as […]

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Community

U.S. Space Force Completes Its First Year

On December 20, 2019, America added its first new military branch in 72 years. To the general public, the creation of this service may have appeared spontaneous. But in fact, America’s new Space Force is the result of decades of planning and development.   Space Force was created by absorbing the space operations of multiple service […]

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Employment services

Celebrating Work Anniversaries in Community Employment

Despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, PRIDE’s Employment Services (ES) team has remained hard at work, and continues to place people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in long-term, gainful employment. Two recent ES clients, Heidy Crans and Lorena Murray, placed by Job Developer Caryl Balko, recently celebrated their one-year work anniversaries. […]

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Foster Youth Services

Your Support Makes a Difference: Kat’s Story

Young adults transitioning from the foster care system face daunting challenges once they hit their 18th birthday. Many lack the skills needed to start employment, gaining the experience necessary for a successful career. But there is a way to help. Donations help fund PRIDE’s Youth Services program, which provides support, mentorship, and work success items […]

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Veteran Employment

Veterans Salute – Jack Jackman’s Story

On a cold winter’s day in the early ‘90s, Technical Sergeant Jack Jackman was rubbing his hands together, doing his best to keep warm as the C-130 he was traveling in made its way through the skies above Sarajevo, Bosnia. Hunched into the small space behind the pilot, Jack kept a close eye on the […]

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