Vickie will be stepping in to find jobs for the adults in our supported employment program.
As the Integrity Works program continues to grow, we have a bigger and bigger need to find jobs for our consumers when they’re ready to start working. That’s why we are so excited to welcome Vickie Parker to our team. Vickie will be helping us with the job development phase of our supported employment services so we can partner with local employers in the Little Rock area to create new job opportunities. We asked her some questions to help you get to know her better, and you can read her answers below!
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a person who is open minded, considerate, easy going, and determined.
Where do you call home?
I live in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
When I am not working, I enjoy relaxing while watching the Food Network.
How long have you been working at Integrity?
I have been working at Integrity, Inc. since September 2016.
What career path has led you to being a supported employment job developer?
Working in the Social Services field has afforded me the opportunity to work for agencies in which I worked directly with individuals with disabilities. Before coming to work at Integrity, I worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist assisting consumers with mental, physical, and addiction disorders in finding employment, education, and volunteer opportunities.
How would you describe your role?
As the new Job Developer, my role could be described as “job finder” for adults with disabilities. Once our consumers have reached the phase of our supported employment program where they are ready to work, I help find them jobs in the community.
What does an average day look like on the job?
There are days where I have established meetings, however most days on the job consist of me going into the community pounding the pavement seeking employers who are hiring for jobs related to the client’s interest.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of the job is when an employer says, “Yes, there is an opportunity available” and I can pass on that opportunity to one of our clients.
What might your clients and their families say about you?
I put forth my best effort to find employment for our consumers and develop relationships in the community.
What are your proudest accomplishments?
My proudest accomplishment is always when the client gets a job and is happy.
What is one thing you wish the general public knew about individuals with disabilities?
I wish the general public knew that a disability doesn’t define someone’s character.
If you have any questions about Vickie’s role or want to learn more about our supported employment program in Little Rock, contact Integrity, Inc. at 501-406-0442.