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"Working at Holly Ridge has been the best 10 years of my working life! It's an opportunity to work in a team of like-minded people to make a difference in the life of a child. I recommend employment here to my friends frequently."

~ Carol Collier, OTR/L,
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Meet Tony

Holly RidgeIt is always personally gratifying to enjoy your job and even more rewarding to know how much your coworkers value working with you. Tony has both. In 2009, Tony was referred to Holly Ridge Center by his developmental disabilities caseworker to help assist him with his job search. Soon after, Tony began working for Olympic Fitness in Port Orchard which provides him with many opportunities for personal growth. “Everyone always treats Tony with a great deal of respect and has his best interest at heart. This has helped ensure that his transition into the working world went and continues to go smoothly.  He has been completely set up for success,” said Tony’s mom Claudia.

While having a source of income is a lot of the time seen as the most important aspect of employment, even more valuable to a person with disabilities is the social interaction that opens the door to opportunities that develop personal relationships and connect them to the community. “Tony’s job at Olympic Fitness makes him feel independent and has helped him learn to pay attention to detail and become much more responsible and self-reliant not only at work, but also in his personal life,” smiles Claudia.

Having a sense of purpose each day paired with a caring environment that actually nurtures growth in both skill and knowledge are important benefits of having a job. “Seeing coworkers provide support for one another, disabled or not, contributes to the overall morale of a workplace and gives everyone a sense of purpose. Tony was matched with a company that does just that and with a job that he does well and that he likes, said Ed Euritt, HRC Community Coach.  Tony sweeps, mops and does general cleaning at Olympic Fitness. Tony is one of Holly Ridge Center’s most inspiring people who have found success both in his career and within his community. Tony summarizes it perfectly, “I’m proud of the job that I do. I do good work.”
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