The STARability Foundation is like a matchmaker for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and employers who believe in an inclusive workplace. As an approved provider for the Florida Department of Education Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), we offer job readiness services and connect individuals with local employers and job training sites.
Tori G. is a participant in our employment-centered Trailblazer Academy and has been excelling at Air Bar Blowouts & Extensions, an upscale, specialized salon, for over two years now. Air Bar is one of STARability’s many inclusive employment partners in Collier County.
Tori’s a natural fit for the salon environment, as she volunteered for a hairdresser for seven years when she lived in Chicago. When her mother, Laura Georgelos, mentioned to the STARability vocational coordinator at the time that Tori had previously done salon work, they immediately reached out to Air Bar. After an interview and training period, Tori was thrilled to have the opportunity to get dressed up and be back at work in the atmosphere she loves!
Tori has returned to work greeting clients, folding towels and cleaning stylists’ stations. “Tori helps us keep up our reputation for being fun, friendly, immaculate and professional intact, as she excels in all of these areas. We always look forward to the days she comes in, and is very much a part of our success and who we are at Air Bar,” says Owner Tim Jackoboice.
Tim reports that Tori has been a wonderful addition to their team and a big part of his business. She has begun and continues to develop relationships and has become very comfortable in the workplace. She tackles the jobs she is assigned, and her work in those areas helps all the stylists and guests alike.
It’s given her purpose to her day and a feeling of camaraderie that comes from working in a welcoming and fun atmosphere. Plus, she gets to choose how she spends her income from her paychecks. We are so grateful that Air Bar has given Tori this opportunity! – Laura Georgelos
Thank you, Air Bar, for all you do for Tori!