Employee Spotlight: Blondell Cameron
September 10th, 2021
When Blondell Cameron arrived at The Arc of Essex County in 2016, she quickly jumped into her role running day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, spending her days coordinating arts and crafts projects and taking consumers outdoors for fun activities. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and Day Programs were put on hold.
But despite the abrupt changes, Blondell was not laid off like so many others. Instead, The Arc moved her to residential services, where she transferred her skills from day programs into her new position caring for the six residents at a Bloomfield home, helping to cook, clean, and keep the people in her care happy and entertained. “I was happy to keep working, and I’ve really gotten to know the consumers here,” she says.
That wasn’t the only way that Blondell felt supported during the pandemic. “The Arc made sure we had PPE [personal protection equipment], checking in to make sure everybody was good and had what they needed,” she says. “They were getting consumers tested, getting the vaccine, and making it safe for consumers and employees. It just really showed that they care about our safety.”
Throughout her five years with the organization, Blondell says she has “loved everything” about her job at The Arc of Essex County. “I’m a people person, and I love the kindness of everyone I work with, and how great the communication is,” she says. “It’s so true that you want to come to work where you enjoy what you’re doing, where you respect people and they respect you. And that is what we have here.”
If you are interested in working for an organization that supports you during turbulent times, fill out the form at arcessex.org/jobs. The Arc of Essex County offers flexible hours, locations throughout Essex County, and a sign-on bonus of up to $750. There are immediate openings, so apply today.