Click through to read the journeys of employees who have achieved success through employment at Alphapointe.
Antonio Arbelo enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1985. After basic and advanced training, he was assigned to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. Wounded on a mission, he lost sight in one eye and was medically discharged in 1992.
He worked for 10 years for the city of Kansas City, supervising a crew of 15 men who maintained the city’s water system infrastructure, but retired after losing vision in his other eye as a complication of renal failure.
Not ready to quit the workforce completely, Antonio joined Alphapointe in October 2016. As a full-time packer and machinist in the plastics department, he helps fulfill Alphapointe’s contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs making medicine bottles.
He appreciates the work and the veterans he serves.
“It gives me purpose.”
David Brown, a Kingsbridge resident, has worked at Alphapointe for over 10 years. David works as needed between assembly, plastics and needlecraft. He always gets the job done and is vital to the flow of those departments. In 2017, he was awarded the Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year Award for his hard work ethic and positive attitude.
He’s happy to help wherever he’s asked and his knowledge of our operations and willingness to speak up has made him a major contributor to our safety committee.
Helen Hahn is the Braille and Academics Instructor at Alphapointe and she is also legally blind. She has been an educator for decades and continues to empower individuals who are blind to keep going and not give up on themselves despite blindness.
“She is a huge mentor and a wonderful, positive person in my child’s life.” – Parent of one of Helen’s students.
Alphapointe has provided her with not only meaningful employment, but a chance to be an example for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
Guy Latronico had to leave his position as a manager at Staples when he was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration and began to lose his vision.
Guy then found Alphapointe – New York.
“Alphapointe is not just a regular job, I now have a sense of purpose. Just because I have a disability doesn’t mean I am disabled.”
Guy is presently a Supervisor at Alphapointe and was recognized for his superior work record and leadership of others with the Advocacy of Leadership Award from the National Industries for the Blind.
At 16, Cheryl was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. She finished high school and graduated from Missouri State University and began her career in the mortgage industry. She stopped working after 10 years due to her vision loss.
In 2015, Cheryl toured Alphapointe and enrolled in training. Cheryl received training in Braille, Orientation & Mobility, Activities of Daily Living and Adaptive Technology.
“My goal was to go back to work. As I spent more time at Alphapointe – I realized I really loved being here”
Cheryl now she serves as our Intake Coordinator for our Low Vision Services and manages the Connecting Pointe store.
In 2017, Cheryl was awarded the Milton J. Samuel Career Achievement Award. She is very organized and handles all of her duties as the Intake Coordinator very seriously, constantly doing kind things for others when they least expect it. Cheryl is heavily involved in fundraising and special events.
Before being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, Ricardo Rivera worked as a security agent. He lost his vision in 2004.
During his employment at Alphapointe, he has developed the skills that allow him to have a meaningful job. In the training they taught him to use all his senses to carry out the work in the production of litter straps and tourniquets.
“It is a job that fills my heart because it is a product used by soldiers, my father was a soldier and I work with my heart for them.”
Partnering with Alphapointe means more than fulfilling a business need. It gives back to your community. We can be a dependable, talented resource for you. We empower and train people with vision loss, providing your business with highly-qualified job candidates:
- Desire to work and be productive
- Client and Employer support from Alphapointe
- On-the-job training
- Tax incentive
- Accommodations can be purchased for the client/employee
- Potential employee has been pre-screened
- Additional training to gain skills necessary for job specific tasks
- Can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodations