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Success Northwest 062115

Jun 16, 2015|

AN INTERVIEW WITH STACIA BAKER, OWNER OF SUCCESS NORTHWEST, ABOUT THE WORK SHE DOES IN HELPING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES GET JOBS, AND ABOUT OREGON SPECIAL NEEDS LAW.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks them in this time on the show I'd like to introduce you to a woman who's really trying to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by helping them to find employment. They like to welcome station baker she's the owner of success northwest to microscope is decent tight Erie area and in well sold. What is success request totals about. Well it classes of business I start and about five years ago. And I work whereas vocational rehabilitation and in order to assist individuals with disabilities. In finding jobs. How did you get him started with the well I'm interestingly enough I have a background as a law earlier and I practiced civil litigation and for about ten years. And when my daughter was too. I decided to take a summer off to be with her. And it was very difficult for me to go back. I ended up spending two years with her and when she started preschool and I started thinking about going back into private practice as. On it just doesn't seem like they kind. Of career that I was interested in anymore it's very stressful. You know a lot of Ari argue wean went co counsel. And I just thought that I want and then an easier and gentler kind of life for myself. And so I begin working less a friend of mine named Kelly Wallace to owns Kelly & Associates who has been assisting. In this field for close to fifteen years. So I began working with Kelly and worked with her four. A ballot a year and a half and then started my own business and can. And how do you help help people with disabilities. Well. Met first I am contacted. By a vocational rehabilitation and that and the counselors. Meet a client that they have he's gone through the process of becoming what. Vocational rehabilitation calls job read eat. So they get three test seeing. And they meet with counsel her is. They work on job skills and then they call someone like myself and two. So they will get through the vocational rehabilitation process asks. And Danny counselor look calm me I will meet with the client if here she would like to work with me then that we began. And you help them find did the job of getting into place exactly when we first do is sit down and have a conversation. A bowel led the client. Would like to do. And then we prepare a arrest in May we look for jobs we take them on tourism businesses. And we take them to meet managers. And try to find a great fit for that individual. And then work on getting them a job in that business. What kind of disabilities are we talking about. Typically. I tend to deal with adults adults who are intellectually and developmentally delayed. Or impaired. And what sort of work early are you finding for them. Well it depends on the individual we are now working with the state of or again with a new program. It's employment first and it's. Based on the actual client are customer and what his or her gold RNY eighth. So what we're doing is a process called discovery where we go and we take the client to all types of different businesses in their community. Says that that client or customer can see what it is that they really want and did you. And based on that we narrowed the search stand. I have clients to only want a handful of hours a week and wanna get out of their house and do something productive. So they'll do things lie a washed dishes. Fold pizza boxes work in a flower shop cleaning. I also have individuals to rcn Hayes and nurses it all depends on the client and what they Whittle hike as far as the job. You must see some significant change in people once they get the job right. It is absolutely amazing to me. And individuals with disabilities have so much shock for our. They individuals that I work left have. The immense. Wonderful. Outlook. On life. The majority of individuals I work with our incredibly positive incredibly upbeat and they just want to do something that makes a difference. So the fact that it businesses willing to have someone come in and he shows who's happy who works hard who smiles. Is such a benefit for the business that not only that I see the individual grow and it's amazing the difference that having a job. And being what they consider a productive member of society will be different individual. Do you find the businesses are somewhat resistant at first. There are certain businesses. That are resistant they say things fly eight. The economy's bad and I can't afford to hire an individual who can do all jobs. The bottom line is when you hire an individual for a specific purpose. It actually saves the company money in the long run because it frees. Other business associates to focus on things why ache. Cash Schering full time. YL a client came nine app might not be able to handle money is able to assist with customer survey says. Assist with cleaning up spills. Assist with extra stock keying in deities that. Other individuals in the company might not necessarily always have time to do it could. Were some of the other benefits of hiring noodle with disabilities. While there is tax credits. I don't focus on that as much as just the fact that these individuals. If you give them a chance as a business owner. Will never be late. Will never Collins Shaq. Will never come in with a bad attitude. And will gladly work for as many years as you can provide a job for than. The individuals that I work laughter want so badly. To be part I. Of a quote unquote mainstream society society. Dad they will come and and do a job that most people would not think of as a glamorous job and they won't do it willingly and they were doing eagerly and they will be the most loyal employee. That someone will ever have in our company. Did you give us a success story shot or what I have several of them and I actually have an individual who is an older individual and he has never worked in his entire life. He's and the small town of saint helens. In the economy there is has been fairly depressed for quite awhile. There's a local flower shops. And my client loves flowers because he and his mother. Using garden together. Says this gentleman was given the opportunity. Of working in this flower shop suggested power at a time and he comes and any clean used. And he suite sap B flower cat holes and he keeps the front of the store looking now race. In his whole outlook on life has changed he is able to get up. Riding his bike to work did his job had a paycheck. And he is incredibly proud. And for the business it's been a win win because people love to come in the store to see him and he brings a smile to the face of the owner. And her other employees because he's just such a positive part of the business now. Another flower. Another flower eaten. We did get a couple of successor is ultimately. Yeah I did well you know I've really noticed that I have had great success working with retirement homes. Com. People in retirement homes. A lot of people in retirement homes tend to be a bit depressed. A bit confused. They're elderly they don't see their families nights there I am living in a situation where. You know Darren. They're not no longer in their homes they have people surrounding them they have nurses surrounding them. They are in wheelchairs they need help doing daily activities and it can be really tough. I have clients that will go into retirement homes and work in the kitchen and and what it several of these clients do his work in the dining area so that they get to visit the residents at meal time. Serve their beverages. Served in desert. Offer assistance and help if they need. And just be you know a visiting friends and the relationship between my clients and the nursing home. Patients can be very strong a lot of elderly tend to look at my clients as they would agree and child. And take them under their weaned so for me that's been such a win win situation and in days in those circumstances an innocent instances. I now have an individual Hume. Was a contractor and a self made me and had his own company built homes and he had a skiing accident. Which caused him to be a quadriplegic. But he has solved much offer our. And let loose in Hillsborough. Actually gave him the opportunity. And he is great at his job. He is able to assist individuals who come into the store. He do not know what they need for any kind of project he can take them to the location telling me exactly what they need. And it's just been such a great experience for furloughs and for him who. Some fantastic yet it's been great but there's some preconceived notions that you run into. Well certainly I have had individuals. Are who are business owners tell me. I tried working with one of them before and it didn't work out. I don't have time to work with someone like that acts. And it's just too hard for me to take time I aim out of my busy schedule to work with someone could unquote like back. And those are absolutely preconceived notions. This saying that I offer in businesses like myself offer. Is one on one and job coach Shane that is paid for by vocational rehabilitation. And that means that the business owner or manager does not have to take time out of his or her schedule all. To actually train an individual to do a job. We are also there for the employer. Or for a day human resources manager. Is there any issues that arise we can quickly stepped in and we can assessed. And it's just an extra benefit for the employer to have you know basically extra supports around someone and he. And if they Joba as a job if if if I do my job correctly. And I place my client in a job that is good for the client and for the business. And it tends to be a perfect match and actually benefits the employer in the long run. The most we could do pretty great when that happens. As I IE it's interesting I don't think about it as acute dose from myself I feel like I'm doing. A job that of service to people all. And I did not find that in practicing law and says that parts been fulfilling. For me but I think what's the Madison filling is seeing individuals to. Quite frankly you know just want still hard to be what they perceive as normal. And they're given this opportunity and it changes their life. So that's what's rewarding for me absolutely. How does somebody sign up for vocational rehabilitation services. Well they would have to call their local branch there are several branches and multnomah cam need. There are branches in Washington County clock commence count me in an all the other cam knees. And schedule what's called an orientation and there's paperwork to to be filled out. Things like can. Is this is that state sponsored stuff. It is vocational rehabilitation. Is part. DH asked the state of war again. So because of the work you've been doing used are venturing into new business what is that well it's true I am I any. Have you noticed a great need for individuals. And their parents. Winnick turns to clean inning for the future. I did not intend to practice law again actually but for some reason I stayed current. On and I really seen. Me any need query you have a population and that is aging. You have adults with disabilities who are in their fifties and sixties. And their parents or parents are getting. Very old. And they don't know how to set up trusts so that in a child can't eliminate home. On May not have their Social Security benefits affected. And the last thing I think individuals want to do is is leave there. Child with disabilities in a position where they can no longer get services. To many times they've been living with their parents and their whole life correct. Many of the clients in fact most of the clients that I work with now if they are not in group homes have lived with their parents their entire life. And are not able. To fully care for themselves. So they get there's a real. You can see the future. I can and also another thing then I'm seeing is and the fact that roaring again has the highest rate of boxes and in the country needs. We have wine and I think may be 95. Children born with aunt says son. And a lot of these children and are becoming young adults and their eighteen. They're 21 and their aging out of school. And that parents might not be aware of what they need to do to protect their children's entrance to be able to sign medical documents. To be able to assist them what's trust. And these are things that I believe are going to be armed and big. So what are you seeing what do what what do you what do people need to do. Well people say it what I think that I'm offering in my law partner Meehan the teeters and I are just starting. Horry again. Special means law. And what weekly and to do is give question and answer round table discussion is just to get the conversation started. Dissing give parents an idea of what they need to do to protect their children. To be able to have trust set so that monies that they my eight. Get friends Social Security. In come one not be affected. And all so our parents need to think about sitting on guard is ships for their children so that they are able to. Take here at any medical needs or anything else that might come up where a legal signature is required and their child might not happen capacity to make those decisions. So wills and trusts that we're talking about wills and trusts and guardian chat so I mean when I think wills and trusts say sometimes think older adults that. If parents have a Childs. Do is eighteen they can't necessarily. Consider themselves a legal guardian anymore even if that young adult can. Does not have the capacity. Sit to consent to things what kind of problems have you seen. I have seen individuals need medical care. And they cannot. Sign for authorization for that medical care. I have seen individuals. Whose parents have passed away. And left them with Ben assets. That went directly to that individual. And it's made them no longer. Able to receive Social Security disability or any other disability in the state or federal government that might assist that person in meeting his or her daily needs. So it isn't very big deal when he think of someone hit my night. Necessarily alone have the capacity to take care of his or herself. And then all of a sudden they're kicked out of the system so to speak because there are no protections legal protections in place. So it is becoming more of a trend I would say. Just having you will and trust in place for anyone is very important thing to do. I leave that to be shrimp and I'm not just saying that because I'm an attorney. I believe it's a very important for individuals to plan for the future because. Especially with a clientele that I work left it's it's horrible to have. A person who has lived with their parent and being completely and solely dependent on that parents for sixty plus years. Suddenly no longer is that parent there. But also no longer the services there that this individual has relied on for his or her life basically. So where does someone start where's a good starting starting place. Well I am. Like I said my law partner and I are starting or Reagan's special needs long and you can go to that web sites my name is station at ST AC IA baker be AK ER. And her name is a Meehan that teeters TE TER asks. And will will that be listed on that website and what weekly and dean is just give general. Information individuals so that they have the power to decide. What they want to do and when they want to do it if they she used to utilize our services that grates. Making contact other law your risk. But I think I agency section need to get the word adults because it's it's you know you don't want to put fires out once they happen you want to know one yen. Knew. For sure. Going back to hiring adults with disabilities. Are you seeing mostly large businesses are small businesses are ruled what the boy who hires. Well of course I'm there are always some of the larger companies that have been great about hiring individuals with disabilities. Because. They're human resource says. Understands. That every one and deserves a chance to work. And say you have companies like a best by saying you have companies play Home Depot and Lowe's. There are always willing. To work with the individuals with disabilities. You also have small businesses like a flower shop that I ain't mentioned earlier in saint helens. At first it's daunting and might not necessarily seen. Feet Sybil when someone's small business owner in it's an owner where the economy is not that great eight. But I know for a fact that they are so grateful that they take a chance on my client because he's just. Saying give them an extra work so that careful arrest can concentrate on making flower arrangement. And also he just brings joy to every one and on. So you know when small businesses do take a chance I think those are the jobs that are really fulfilling for every one. What sort of advice would you give to NHR department. Ginn individuals with disabilities a chance they will be the most loyal employee. That's what what what how the Clinton are you working with. Clean work who I typically have ten to fifteen. In my rotation and then I'm. Attempting to play east and then I usually have about ten that have in place that I'm doing catching west and I have several long term. Coaching clients. When somebody it's placed at the bone they've kind of they're there for the good in the long Holdren. If there are any issues after that the client is always available to be at a bend again invitational rehabilitation for post employment services. A lot of the individuals that are. Intellectually impaired. Are also went through what's called brokerages. So the brokerages are separate from vocational rehabilitation. And a brokerages do things like me an inch. Medicare. And Social Security money for individuals. And they hire provider errors. To our employees. Disabled individuals to help them out in the community was shocked being. Winds things lake entertainment going to me bees and they also hired job coaches. To help assist individuals in a long term. I have a client who works at Walgreens. On at Belmont in 39 it's been a fantastic. Stored or request. And he have a long term can change for years if necessary. Says is something that we offer. To an employer. And I believe as a win win situation for every time and certainly sounds like you season out of WW. Well I am had success northwest all spelled out as CCC. ES ass in LR TH WE ST. At gmail.com. And my phone number is 5033415754. And nail I am also at or against special needs were off. Also in Kaduna some great information there thank you thank you so much for having me. Six a maker owner of success northwest thinks of me and limit the scope scary. Metals gold was an Entercom communications and public affairs program my name's Gary and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like let others know about. You can email me at microscope @entercom.com. Remembered intercom starts with a neat. Four you can go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also we like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page at microscope PDX dot com. Thanks for listening to met just go and enjoy your weekend.