Best Buddies Month: Sarah and John, Jobs
In celebration of #BestBuddiesMonth we will be showcasing outstanding volunteers, employees, and supporters every Monday as part of our Monday Mission Moment series. This post comes from two of our long-standing Bay Area jobs participants, Sarah Hoffman and John Hammond.
Sarah and John, who have been with Best Buddies for ten and eight years, respectively, share their experience finding work and friendship at Madame Tussaud’s with support of the Best Buddies Jobs Program.
What does Best Buddies mean to you?
Sarah Hoffman: Best Buddies means leadership skills, inclusion, and employment success. It means to be accepted in society and recognized for my abilities not disabilities.
John Hammond: Best Buddies has helped people like me find a job no matter their differences.
What’s your favorite thing about Best Buddies Jobs?
Sarah: My favorite thing is getting to work with amazing coworkers, feeling successful, getting a paycheck so I can pay rent, and gaining independence.
John: My favorite thing about Best Buddies Jobs is my new job that they helped me find at Madame Tussaud’s.
What have you learned from your involvement in Best Buddies?
Sarah: I’ve learned how to see people for their strengths and recognize their talents. I’ve learned the importance of the word respect and not using the r-word.
John: I learned how to write speeches and advocate for people with disabilities.
Sarah: Besides meeting new friends, it has helped me to feel more confident in myself. I’ve gained more self-esteem!
John: It’s helped me find a job and it makes my life better. It makes me feel happy.
Why do you think others should join Best Buddies Jobs and hire people with IDD?
Sarah: I think other employers should hire those with IDD because it gives us a sense of pride and dignity.
John: No matter anyone’s differences, everyone deserves a job.
How would you encourage others to get involved in Best Buddies?
Sarah: Go to www.bestbuddies.org, participate in our events, and volunteer.
John: I would tell them about my great experiences with Best Buddies.
Visit bestbuddies.org/celebrate to learn how you can join our #BestBuddiesMonth celebration throughout the month of March!