By LARA BARRETT – JFCS communications director
Noakes is responsible for carrying out crucial quality control measures on the resin batches, including compliance monitoring, such as making sure probes are calibrated and Ph levels are checked. “He has done a fabulous job with his duties—and you know it’s always done right,” said Smith.
Noakes worked with JFCS Senior Supported Employment Specialist Karen Alaimo, and received assistance polishing his resume and building interviewing skills to land his ideal job. “I studied at Burlington County College, and received my Associate’s Degree of Science, and Karen helped me look for a job in a lab,” he said. “I like it here because everyone is very friendly and Tom has helped me learn more in the lab.”
There are a few other reasons he feels at home at ResinTech, and personal growth is one of them. “I now know how to do a lot of procedures here, and its important work because I have to make sure there are no problems before we process anything,” said Noakes, the selfconfidence evident as he speaks. “I feel really proud of myself. I counted up…I did over 10,000 sample tests since I started here in February 2014.”
Noakes is quick to point out a key ingredient of what makes the JFCS Supported Employment Program so successful: The willingness of local companies to take a chance on someone with special needs, and give them the opportunity to be a productive member of the working world. “I want to tell people one of the important things about this program, which is the way JFCS networks with local companies for us to find jobs—the networking is so important,” he said. “Without it, it would be really hard to find a job.”
To make a positive difference in someone’s life by becoming an employer of an individual with special needs through the Supported Employment Program, call JFCS Special Needs Program Director Barbara Abrams at (856) 424-1333, ext. 1182.