Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2016
DEDICATED TO HELPING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITES AND DISADVANTAGES GET EMPLOYMENT TRAINING AND JOBS
Jurate Fiory, long-time director of Employment Horizons, was honored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders at their meeting this week to mark her pending retirement after 24 years of outstanding service to the agency that is a countywide leader in employment training and finding jobs for people with disabilities and disadvantages.
‘’Jurate has been an exemplary leader of one of Morris County’s most successful nonprofit agencies, Employment Horizons, over the past 24 years,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “She has worked tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities and other disadvantages in Morris County, to ensure they have employment training and job placement services.’’
“She has created partnerships with businesses that have led to job placement of thousands of Morris County area residents in productive and long-term employment, which is a benefit to these residents and to the businesses in the county and region,’’ added Deputy Freeholder Director Hank Lyon.
Cedar Knolls-based Employment Horizons, initially known as the Occupational Training Center of Morris County, was founded in Morristown in 1957 by a group of parents who wanted to expand work and personal growth opportunities for their children with disabilities and special needs.
At that time, persons with disabilities had very few employment options available and special education services were just evolving.
Fiory, who began her service to Employment Horizons in 1991, guided the nonprofit agency for three decades, coordinating all aspects of the agency, including client programs, fiscal management, day-to-day operations, and fundraising.
She created the supported employment division and its job development and job coaching services; initiated a partnership with Picatinny Arsenal, which now employs some 90 persons mostly with disabilities for cleaning and grounds keeping at the base; started the culinary training program; established relationships with hundreds of businesses; and in 2007 began a capital campaign that led to the 2009 opening of a 22,000 square foot building expansion – with all loans paid off in two years.
The freeholders, in their resolution, lauded Fiory for “leading Employment Horizons with great fairness, compassion, ingenuity, and hard work to ensure the best results for her clients, making a significant and lasting contribution by creating training and employment opportunities for thousands of individuals who require assistance to obtain employment.’’
Fiory was accompanied to the freeholders’ award event in Morristown by Matthew Putts, a longtime Employment Horizons employee who will assume the executive director’s role when Fiory steps down on March 31.
For more information of Employment Horizons, and the many programs established or fostered by Jurate Fiory over the past three decades, please visit: http://www.emhorizons.org/ and watch their inspiring video.