Spceial Needs Abilities Showcased

Motivational Story & Video

The impressive fact about Eggleston Services of Norfolk, Virginia, is not the 8,000,000 pound of linens they launder for the United States military. It is the team that does the work.

Eggleston employs some very special people, including Luke Grossman. A very dedicated worker, Grossman, who relies on public transportation to get to and from work, brings smiles and encouragement to his coworkers. They are inspired by his positive attitude and dedication to doing quality work. In fact, they nominated him for the William M. Usdane employment award in 2008, which he won.

But Grossman is different from many of the individuals around the country that operate industrial irons. He has Down syndrome.

Grossman is proving to his coworkers and supervisors that talent is often hidden in special people. They cannot talk about him without cracking a huge smile. In fact, just discussing his commitment to the organization and his coworkers raises the morale of the entire company. And unlike some talented employees, Grossman has no desire to seek other employment for any reason because he is not just content with his position, he is ecstatic to be where he is.

AbilityOne Network, a non-profit employment service for the blind or other disabilities, secured the position for Grossman, just as they have done for many other federal contractors. Clients include administrative services at the Air Force Personnel Center, custodial services for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, supply chain management for the Army and food services for the FBI Training Academy.

In addition to the laundry services, Eggleston operates a food service business, group homes, recreation and therapy, a child development center and other programs for individuals with disabilities and their families in Norfolk, Virginia.

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