RESPECT of Florida, a division of the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Florida ARF), presented the Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) with the 2020 Employment Center of the Year Award for outstanding performance in the production of commodities which provides employment to Floridians with disabilities. Amar Patel, CEO, accepted the award on behalf of BAC.

The award for Employment Center of the Year is given to honor excellence in product quality, timely delivery and prompt service. BAC is one of over 100 non-profit agencies within the state of Florida offering employment and training opportunities to persons with disabilities, including delivering products and services to local and state government agencies. Through RESPECT of Florida these government agencies purchase products they need while giving individuals with disabilities the opportunity to grow valuable employment skills.

“Thank you so much for this honor of Employment Center of the Year – Commodities” said Patel. “BAC has been providing commodities for many years, decades at this point, and we are very excited to have been part of the solution related to COVID and the problems our state of Florida has been facing by providing the PPE that is necessary to fight this virus.”

Each year, RESPECT of Florida also honors employees with disabilities who work diligently to produce RESPECT commodities and/or services. The recognition process celebrates employment achievement – which is truly the heart of the missions of both RESPECT of Florida and BAC. The goal is to celebrate employees with disabilities who made significant progress towards independence.

RESPECT of Florida representative, Rebekah Small presented the Employee of the Year award to Lily Kindred. “She is a leader within the facility and is willing to learn any role”, said Small of Ms. Kindred. “During her 5 years at BAC, she has continued to exceed her productivity goals and has expanded her product knowledge. She embodies the desire to work and efforts to succeed that are the hallmarks of an Employee of the Year.”

In closing, Patel stated, “We look forward to working with the state of Florida for many years to come in our collective mission of creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

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