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Technology Initiative

Gompers, client Mattie M. featured on ABC 15

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, ABC 15 visited Gompers for a firsthand look at how advanced technology is greatly improving the lives of those we serve.  Mattie, his father, Special Education Teacher Vince Cardinal, and Executive Director Mark Jacoby discuss the importance of this technology in enhancing independence and communication abilities.

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Mark Jacoby Receives Award for Disability Advocacy

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, Gompers hosted the City of Phoenix’s Community Development Week Awards Ceremony at our Phoenix Campus. The event, which corresponded with National Community Development Week, recognized nine individuals and organizations who make significant impacts on our community. More than 50 community members watched as Gompers Board Member Cary Pfeffer, Executive Director Mark Jacoby, program participant Mattie Matlock and Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela delivered remarks on the difference Gompers makes in the lives of people with disabilities.

Gompers’ own Mark Jacoby was awarded the Disability Advocacy Award for his strong dedication to speaking for those with limited ability to advocate for themselves. In addition to his role as the Executive Director of Gompers, Mark has served as the President of the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities (AAPPD). Congratulations, Mark, and thank you for your unending commitment to helping people with disabilities.

See all the winners from the event by clicking here.

City of Glendale Volunteers for Gompers

Water Service employees volunteer time for local company

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 1:43 pm | Updated: 1:49 pm, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

Water Service employees volunteer time for local company
By DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer The Glendale Star

Mayor Jerry Weiers supported and thanked 10 volunteers who painted and improved a new employment room at Gompers Employment Services.

“It is great to see our employees volunteer,” Mayor Weiers said. “Anyone who knows me knows that the charitable things are a huge part of my life. To see our employees get involved and help the community, I didn’t go to them and ask them, they came out here on their own. That just shows what huge hearts of our employees have.”

Members of the Glendale Water Services Department volunteered their time to come and paint the new Tandem Document Professionals work location inside Gompers Employment Services. The volunteers worked with some of the students who come and learn work skills at Gompers.

Tandem Document Professionals is an extension of Gompers and Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) vocational programs. It is a full service scanning company that helps companies across the Valley go paperless while providing employment opportunities.

“This is part of our United Way campaign and we have been looking for ways for our employees to give back,” said Kerri Logan, Water Services administrator. “It was easy to get volunteers, in fact I had to turn people away and we split it into two days of work here.”

This volunteer project will give the Tandem office a new look to accompany the new venture. The City of Glendale has been a tremendous partner for Gompers Employment Services and the volunteers used the time to improve the room.

“The Tandem office has come to life thanks to the tremendous volunteers from the City of Glendale,” said Mark Jacoby. “This is an exciting day for us. The volunteers have helped Tandem distinguish itself from Gompers, and have made it so that the Gompers participants who work at Tandem will have a true sense of working in an independent office.”

Mayor Weiers presented each volunteer with a “Mayor's Coin”, a coin he had produced on his own that he gives to very few people as a thank you for their volunteering.

“The coin is my way of thanking each volunteer, and I don’t give it out to many people,” Weiers said. “I have referred many times that charitable work is a drug, once you do it you want to do it again. Once you have gotten bit by it you want to do more and more of it.”

Welcome to the workroom

Mayor Jerry Weiers is welcomed to the new workroom by Charley Almanza.

Photo by Darrell Jackson

Cheril Edson, DTA Director, Recognized as Community Hero

On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Gompers DTA Director Cheril Edson was recognized as part of KISS 104.7 FM's “KISS A HERO” promotion for her tireless and outstanding work on behalf of all the participants Gompers serves. Her nomination was read on air, and Cheril was honored at a KISS 104.7 FM breakfast meet and greet with Johnjay and Rich. CONGRATULATIONS, CHERIL!

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Karolin Bilal Wins 2011 Phoenix Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Award!

Karolin was recognized as a Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero at a celebratory breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

As Director of Gompers Dental Center, Karolin’s dedication and passion has had a major impact on the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities. CONGRATULATIONS, KAROLIN!

Read the feature story on Karolin

See pictures of the event

Elsa Salazar Named First Runner-up for Direct Service Professional of the Year

Elsa Salazar was chosen as first runner-up out of 45 nominees for the Direct Service Professional of the Year award by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Joined by her family and Gompers' staff, Elsa was honored at a luncheon on Sept. 14, 2011, at the Disability Empowerment Center.

During her four and a half years at Gompers, Elsa has shown a strong commitment to working with individuals with disabilities and was also selected by Gompers’ staff as the 2010 Employee of the Year.

A video recognizing Elsa's work and accomplishments was shown at the luncheon.  CONGRATULATIONS, ELSA!

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