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For Immediate Release

Easterseals UCP Employment Stars

Training and Community Partners Support Adults Living with Mental Health Challenges

Raleigh, NC, October 24, 2018

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) team at Easterseals UCP in Wake, Durham, Johnston and Cumberland counties work hard to motivate and encourage adults living with mental health challenges to seek jobs, continuity, and happiness in their lives.  Every quarter, several recipients are recognized for reaching their goals.

The staff created the S.T.A.R. Awards (S.T.A.R. stands for Skill, Talent, Achievement and Recognition) recognized several individuals who have acquired jobs and have maintained employment using the skills they learned through the Individual Placement and Support Program at Easterseals UCP.

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program is a model of supported employment for people with persistent mental illness. IPS supported employment helps people living with behavioral health conditions work at typical jobs of their choosing. 

S.T.A.R Award Winners:

STARPaschal “PJ” Ogbedeagu
PJ has worked on maintaining a job and independence.  He enjoys his position at the AC Hotel, a Marriot Hotel, as a dishwasher and prep cook.  In his spare time, he has taken on jobs as a dog walker for extra income.  PJ has taken an interest in driving and has begun the process of getting his driver’s permit 

IPSVictoria Reyes
Working at RTI and Harris Teeter has made Victoria very happy.  She’s hard working, friendly, and goes above and beyond for her customers.  Victoria has powered through tough times and anxiety issues but has maintained her strong work ethic and sense of humor.  She continues to work towards her goals of employment and independence.


IPSWillie Bell
For more than a year and a half, Willie Bell has been working at Moe’s Southwest Grill. Willie works fulltime and enjoys his job.  His employment goal is to work for a company that has an opportunity for growth towards a leadership role. Easterseals UCP provided training on customer service, scheduling, communication with supervisors and adjustment to strenuous work demands.

Laurie LaGrone
Since February of 2017, Laurie has been receiving training and services from Easterseals UCP Individual and Placement Services.  For more than a year, Laurie has successfully maintained employment at Thompson Specialties Inc/TSI Fire & Safety. She has improved in her confidence, stress management, mental health, problem-solving, budgeting, and so much more! Laurie hopes to graduate from services soon because of her success. 

Learn more about EastersealsUCP Individual and Placement Services program.

Easterseals UCP provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com.

For more information contact:
Kathy Edgerton
Easterseals UCP Chief Communications Officer
(O) 919-865-8660
(C) 919-208-0621

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