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José has been at T&T Market since February 2006


Ten years is a good milestone at any job, and Adelante is proud to have 14 people in the organization’s supported employment program who have been successful in their community jobs for 10 years or longer.

Adelante has a priority and preference for community jobs. We were among the first nonprofits to start supported employment and continue to operate the largest program of its kind for people with disabilities, now known as Adelante EmployAbility.

Functioning like an employment agency, with the addition of extra support for people with disabilities, Adelante’s EmployAbility team helps people find and maintain jobs with other community businesses.

Our Decade Club is a group that successfully stayed with the same employer for over 10 years. The dedication and persistence these individuals have shown over the last decade has been remarkable. Several of them have earned raises and been promoted to roles with more responsibilities. Each had improved their work and social skills due to steady employment. They have also achieves personal and financial goals, and gained a greater degree of independence. One participant in Adelante EmployAbility was even able to purchase his own home.

Please join Adelante in celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals, as well as the advancements made by people with disabilities in employment. We’re listing them all this month and will be doing more in-depth profiles in the coming months. If you’d like hire a person with a disability, or would like Adelante’s support in finding a job in the community, please contact Melinda Garcia at or MGarcia@GoAdelante.org or (505) 341-7124.

David – Lowe’s Grocery Store since August 1997

Steven – My Bank since May 2000

Jennifer – Holiday Inn Express since July 2003

Andrew – La Montanita CoOp since July 2004

Dennis – Carl’s Jr. since February 2005

Amy – Coronado Mall since July 2005

Ashley – Coronado Mall since July 2005

José – T&T Market since February 2006

Andrew – Smith’s grocery store since July 2006

Jacob – Sears since August 2006

Sharron – Sonic since October 2006

Daniel – ABM Site Services at Intel, transitioned to Adelante July 2006

Lew – Coronado Mall since November 2004

Belinda – Cottonwood Mall since September 2005