BY PHILIP WOODWARD
In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Department of Health and Human Services is highlighting five stories of personal accomplishment and success during October 2013 that demonstrate how Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is making a difference in communities across North Carolina.
Meet Ernest Moore
When an employer in need of an employee can be introduced to a job seeker who is a great match for the business and the position needed, that’s a ‘good deal.’ Such a deal took place in Atlantic Beach when Randy Hingson and Ernest Moore met through an employment counselor with the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR).
Ernest had been out of work for a while and had recently moved to the Atlantic Beach area. He had worked in the restaurant industry. At the same time, Randy, owner of The White Swan barbecue restaurant and catering business, needed assistance. VR brought them together, with Randy finding Ernest to have the skills and experience necessary to fulfill his employee needs.
“Today Ernest looks forward to coming to work and has pride in playing a part in satisfied customer’s smile when they leave or return for more. This is his reward,” Randy stated. “When Ernest has got it, I don’t have to worry about it, whatever it is.” Their ability to work well together shines through in all of their tasks: cooking, catering, prepping, cleaning, delivery and more.
According to Ernest, “Vocational Rehabilitation gave me the necessary tools that I needed to be where I am today. I thought I had the tools to search for and get a job, but I did not. They gave me encouragement, built stronger communication skills and how to apply for jobs. I didn’t take no for an answer, and I did not give up.”