ADRS consumer recognized during Gov. Ivey’s State of the State address

Caryn McDade with Yolanda Spencer

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An ADRS consumer who was hired after attending last fall’s Governor’s Disability Job Fair was recognized during Gov. Kay Ivey’s State of the State address Jan. 9.

While attending the fair, Caryn McDade met and interviewed with Southern Hospitality Home Health Care of Fultondale.

By the end of the week, she was employed and training on-the-job as a full-time home health care aide.

When asked what gave Caryn the edge over other applicants, Southern Hospitality Office Manager Jackie King said, “She came with her resumé in her hand. She asked meaningful questions and showed a passion and genuine interest in working for Southern Hospitality.”

Ms. King said that in the short time Ms. McDade has worked for Southern Hospitality, she “has already demonstrated desire and immediacy in tackling some of our most-challenging and resistant clients and has been successful in serving them.”

Some of Caryn’s daily work duties include light housekeeping, personal care, and being a companion to clients in her care.

As a teenager, McDade’s long history of learning disabilities plagued her until she saw no alternative other than dropping out of school. For most of her adult life, she worked various jobs in retail, but had difficulty counting money.

She was taking GED classes at the Birmingham Career Center when she was referred to the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS). The 35-year-old came to ADRS in 2016 to work on resumé writing, job development, interviewing, and placement. ADRS paired her with Harold Reynolds, an employment specialist with Easterseals of Birmingham, to prepare her for potential job interviews at the Governor’s Disability Job Fair.

When asked about her experience at the job fair, Caryn said she would not change a thing and that she is grateful to have a job. She said the wages she earns will go far in assisting her family with household expenses.

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