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Bridge Street Kroger honored as Employer of the Year!

Bridge Street Kroger honored as Employer of the Year!

February 16, 2017

Press Release
December 7, 2016
Greenleaf honors Bridge Street Kroger as Employer of the Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 7, 2016) — Greenleaf Job Training Services today honored the Bridge Street Kroger in Dublin as its 2016 Employer of the Year.

Greenleaf presented store officials with a plaque honoring them for their collaboration with Greenleaf Job Training Services and for their willingness to work with people with varying abilities.

Greenleaf Job Training Services, Inc., is an employment resource for individuals with differing abilities. Greenleaf pairs qualified job candidates with local employers to forge mutually beneficial working relationships by providing pre-employment screenings, job planning, resume writing, job skills training, mock interviews and job coaching once a client has been hired by an employer.

Greenleaf Job Training Services presents its Employer of the Year Award as a way to honor businesses that stand out for their commitment to working with Greenleaf and its clients.

“We chose to honor the Bridge Street Kroger because they have been very willing to include our applicants in the interview and hiring process and have brought several of them on board as new employees,” said Scot Howard, business relations specialist at Greenleaf. “They also have enabled us to come in with reasonable accommodations, to assist in training and then assist the clients on the job.”

Right now, the Bridge Street Kroger employs four people who were Greenleaf clients, said Matt Matusek, store leader. And those four people have been placed in jobs throughout the store, based on their abilities, just as any other candidates would be, he said.

“The neat thing that I love is that we can give them opportunities if they show great potential,” Matusek said, pointing out that two of the four employees from Greenleaf are working in the frozen and Nature’s Market departments. Those two employees, along with the others working as store clerks, have helped the location fill a staffing void.

“It was just a secondary payoff that they have done more for us than we could have ever imagined,” Matusek said, noting that the employees referred there through Greenleaf have had a positive effect on the atmosphere of the store. Customers who have filled out surveys have even mentioned store employees by name, pointing out the friendliness of the courtesy clerks.

“The positive impact these new employees have had on the store has been an unexpected benefit,” Matusek said.

Howard said he has appreciated that the Greenleaf clients are competitively employed at the store; they had to apply and go through the interview process like anyone else.

About Greenleaf Job Training Services

Greenleaf Job Training Services is an employment resource for individuals with differing abilities located in Columbus, Ohio. Greenleaf’s job-placement services include pre-employment screenings, job planning, resume writing, job skills training, mock interviews, and group training sessions for students or adults. Through its services, Greenleaf helps individuals with disabilities gain greater independence while matching them with employers who are seeking skilled and motivated employees.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America's most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Photo information: From left, Scot Howard, business relations specialist at Greenleaf Job Training Services, presents 2016 Employee of the Year award to Matt Matusek, store manager of the Bridge Street Kroger in Dublin, along with Lisa Williams, assistant store manager; Jeremy Clark, store recruiter; and Matt Barrows, assistant store manager. (Photo courtesy of Greenleaf Job Training Services)

PR Contact:
Michele Lemmon

Greenleaf Contact:
Jennifer Kuntz, CEO

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