Behind the scenes

MBARI to receive Employment of People with Disabilities Award

Top Image: Office Assistant Virginia Rodriguez Bottom Image: Hope Crew includes (from left to right) Davina, Mandy (supervisor), Napoleon, Tony, and Leigh.

(top) Office Assistant Virginia Rodriguez
(bottom) Hope Crew includes (from left to right) Davina, Mandy (supervisor), Napoleon, Tony, and Leigh.

October 22, 2013

This month, the Monterey County Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities will honor MBARI for the institution’s work with people having disabilities. Our Director of Human Resources Norm Steinberg commented, “From the employer side, we are hiring individuals who want to do a good job, and can consistently be counted on. It’s always easier to work with people who enjoy being here. This positive energy has a contagious effect on others.” MBARI’s daytime cleanup crew is a wonderful and hard-working group of individuals employed through HOPE Services, an organization that provides services to people with developmental disabilities. Office Assistant Virginia Rodriguez, hired through the Gateway Program, has been a valuable asset to MBARI for the past 16 years. Rodriguez expressed how happy she is to work here by saying, “The reasons I like working here are that a lot of people are nice to me, good benefits, and I get to say hello to everyone. I feel safe here.” Steinberg will accept the award this week at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.