Cardinal Cushing Centers to Host Employer Recognition Event

On Tuesday, February 7th from 7:30 to 9:00am, Cardinal Cushing Centers will host a “Partners in Possibilities” breakfast to recognize leaders in employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Keynote speaker Leo Vercollone, President & CEO of VERC Enterprises, will speak to how employing individuals with disabilities has been integral to VERC’s success. 2011 was a tremendous year for VERC, landing the company a spot in the Boston Globe’s Top 100 Places to work. 20% of VERC’s workforce is comprised of individuals with disabilities.

Mr. Vercollone and his company have also been featured in the Patriot Ledger and Boston Business Journal, and VERC Enterprises was the cover feature of an edition of National Petroleum News. Additionally, VERC was named a “Leader in Diversity” by the Boston Business Journal.

For the students and adults of Cardinal Cushing Centers, work is an extremely important part of building a meaningful life. Cushing Centers has a top-of-the-line on and off-campus work training program, with the goal of helping individuals with disabilities to become independent and included members of society. Companies that provide competitive, part and full-time work to individuals with disabilities are the next step. In collaboration with Best Buddies of Massachusetts, job opportunities can be created within the community to match a student’s interest, availability, and skills with the needs of area employers. South Shore Industries, Cushing’s work development program for adults, also works to match individuals with companies and organizations in the community.

Cardinal Cushing Centers is pleased to honor VERC and other companies who see the value in a truly diverse workforce. Individuals with disabilities are quite often loyal employees who are dedicated to their work. They have what it takes to get a job done and they do it with a positive, morale-boosting attitude. According to Vercollone, “Making the commitment to hiring individuals who are challenged and disabled has been a great experience for our company. We are very pleased to report that we are at the 20% level of disabled and challenged workers and we are aiming higher. We encourage other businesses to do the same.”

For more information on the Partners in Possibility Breakfast, please contact Michelle Constantino at or 781.829.1289.

Cushing’s 2012 Leaders in Employment Opportunities:

Active Day
Advocates, Inc.
Alliance Healthcare Centers
BJs Wholesale Club
Braintree Mayor’s Office
Building #19
Burton’s Grill
Christmas Tree Shop
Cohasset Cycle Sports
Colony House
Curry Hardware
Doves Nest
Employ + Ability
Hanover Library
Hutcheon’s Flowers
John Scott House
Longhorn Steakhouse
Massachusetts Humane Society – Weymouth
McGee Toyota
Meals on Wheels
Mobil/Verc – Duxbury, Pembroke and Plymouth
N.E.A.R @ PetSmart
Ninety Nine
Norwell Knoll
Old Navy
Peabody Properties Inc.
Quincy Medical Center
Quincy Point Congregational Church Homes Inc.
Rite Aide
Roche Bros – Marshfield and Quincy
Shaws – Weymouth
Signature Signs
South Shore OBGYN
Stop & Shop – Abington, Braintree, Norwell, Weymouth and Whitman
Storybook Cove
Target – Hanover
Ten X Spa (Canton Club)
The Fresh Market
TJ Maxx – Braintree and Norwell
Town Brook House
Union Towers
VERC Enterprises/Briteway Car Wash
Vineyard Vines
Watershed Farm
Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group
Weymouth Club
YMCA – Hanover

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