Meet Nichelle Brown who is a Job Coach in the Jawonio Community Employment Services Program based in Yonkers and has been at Jawonio for over 5 years. As a Job Coach, Nichelle provides employment supports and coaching to workers placed a companies throughout Westchester County including the DoubleTree by Hilton and Marriot in Tarrytown, Shoprite in New Rochelle among many others.
Before working in Community Employment, Nichelle started at Jawonio in the Day Habilitation program as a counselor. She got to know many of the program participants and other staff, then moved over to Employment after two years.
Nichelle got involved in this field from the start of her career. She stared at the Center for Family Support as a care manager where she worked for two years. Her inspiration was her family. She has a brother with a disability and has seen firsthand what’s needed to help a person be as independent as they can.
“The best part of doing my job is seeing the people I work with be happy with where they are and feel good about the work they are doing. Seeing them be independent and succeed is the best reward for me.” Nichelle emphasizes that a key aspect to her work is making sure that the workers are treated fairly in whatever environment they are working in and ensuring that they have the opportunities to address issues that may come up on the job.