Creating Ripples


We talk a lot about hiring people with disabilities not just because it’s our mission and we believe it’s the right thing to do, but because we know from first-hand experience that it Works! All it takes is one small act of being willing to investigate what it will entail and how it might work for your organization. Before you know it you will have created a ripple effect.

Klynt started out in our production area where he worked in the Pearl Buck Center metal room then moved up to the janitorial crew, and then when he was ready he moved out into a community job working at Fuller Cabinet as a shop clean up person and now he is making cabinets.

James, came to us looking for work, we put him to work on our janitorial crew, where he has some responsibilities. He drives and often fills in at several locations and has also been doing temporary work in our postal department.

Aaron had been working at a pizza shop for quite a few years and wanted to do something different. We found a place for him on our janitorial crew where he is thriving, making friends and feels valued.

Lyndon had been working at Dari Mart for several years when it became too hard for him to keep up, but he wasn’t ready to retire so he came to our janitorial crew. and put in another few years before he retired.

Kelly came to us seeking work and we placed her in our very own Community Services department as an administrative assistant, where she has been challenged to learn and try new things.

Nicole, Molly, and Courtney all  were interested in child care. After doing assessments and showing that they could perform the job of Teacher’s assistant, the Pearl Buck Preschool hired them on.

Chris was desperate to find a job so he could support his daughter, we placed him in a dishwashing position with the now defunct Eagles Lodge on Irving Road. When he came back to us seeking work again, we put him to work as a delivery driver.

Julian was referred to us by Vocational Rehabilitation. We found him a community job, but after doing an assessment in our LEAP department it was clear that he has an aptitude with the people that we serve and we found him a place on our Community Placements team as well, working as a job coach.

So you can see we have hired people to fill a variety of positions within our very own walls, where they are working as part of a team, thriving, and earning a minimum wage paycheck. There are more individuals with disabilities on our payroll that I could list. Each person filling a real need that  Pearl Buck Center has experienced as a result of our continued growth

We have been successful in hiring people experiencing disabilities and have supported them to excel at the work that they do. This makes us better equipped to teach others on how to best implement people with disabilities into a workplace. We know first hand what it takes to succeed. Contact us, we can help you figure out how your business can do the same.  community.employment

You never know how one small act, of hiring someone with a disability can affect your community.



Job Seeker: Sarah Carter


Meet Sarah, she’s interested in landing a job in the childcare arena. Presently, Sara enjoys assisting with the childcare every Wednesdays at her church.Sarah C

Sarah is working on completing her food handler’s card, infant first aid/CPR, abuse reporting and getting registered in the national criminal registry. She then plans on getting some training in how to be a teaching assistant. This last item is something that she really looks forward to because it will allow her some hands-on experience to actually interact with the kids.

Sarah says that she likes how easy it can be to interact with kids and at the same time it can be challenging, but fun just the same.

Sarah envisions herself; playing with and reading to children, helping with craft projects, preparing snacks, cleaning, sterilizing toys, and organizing. These are all well within her capabilities at this juncture of her job search. If you know of a place that could utilize Sarah’s abilities, please contact, Doris Steele at or call 541.484.4666 today and let’s talk.




In need of a new star employee? We represent some of the brightest stars around the Eugene/Springfield area. And it runs the gamut as to their abilities, interests and aptitudes. For instance; we have people who are seeking casual, part-time and full-time positions, entry level or more specialized positions, we even have people who are looking for volunteer positions or hands-on assessment/mentorship type training as well as paid positions.

So as you can see we have someone who can meet your every employment need! Call or email us today, and let’s talk.

541.484.4666 or

Job seeker: Amanda Smith

Meet one of our newest job seekers; Amanda. She is interested in finding a job where she can learn new things and make a living for herself. Amanda would like to find work that entails working with animals, or stocking, cleaning, customer service,…actually she is interested in just about anything, where she can learn and grow and made to feel a part of the team.

This young woman feels that she  has the skills to; stock shelves, wash dishes, clean office spaces or clean up after animals. Amanda says that [she] “just wants to work and I’ll do just about anything.”

Amanda loves animals, especially her dog Banshee. She has been volunteering at the 1st Avenue Animal Shelter for a little over a  year now as part of her work study in the Community Living Program during the school year. She also willingly volunteered during the summer last year, just because she likes being around the animals so much.

Could you use someone like Amanda in your business or know of a place that would make a good first job for her? Can you think of a way to create a place in your work site that could accomodate Amanda and her abilities? Contact her job developer; Lorie Polk at

Amanda Hired

What can YOU do?

What can you do?

It’s a simple question that can be answered in any number of ways. And yet it isn’t asked nearly enough in regards to people living with a disability and employment options. People experiencing disabilities can do much more than any of us often imagine, that is, when given the encouragement and opportunity to stretch themselves and learn. And this shouldn’t be much of a surprise given that is all any of us needs to succeed.

When those experiencing disabilities can live up to their true potential and actively pursue the jobs of their dreams and abilities, everybody wins.

What can you do?

When people are willing to become mentors and show others how to become better versions of themselves and learn what they’re good at, everybody wins.

What can you do?

When people who own or manage businesses take a leap of faith and challenge themselves by thinking outside the box to see where they can utilize the skills and abilities of people with a barrier to employment, everybody wins.

What can you do?

And when any of us really looks at another human being and recognizes and allows for the similarities AND the differences, we all win.

What can you do?

Everyone wins, because everyone is included and made to feel valued, important, needed, useful, involved and a part of something bigger than themselves.

We know that it isn’t always easy to figure out how to switch gears and try on a new way of thinking, that’s where we at Pearl Buck Center Community Employment Services can assist and guide you along the way. You don’t have to do this all alone, we’d be more than happy to help figure out how best to implement and utilize a new employee, how to go about mentoring someone who is interested in your field of work or find a place of employment that fits your abilities.

Who I Am Poster; Vander Cherry
Who I Am Poster; Vander Cherry

Check out The Campaign for Disability Employment Public Service Announcements asking this very same question…What Can YOU Do?

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace. In business, the investment that drives innovation is talent. The knowledge, skills and abilities employees bring to work each day are by far the assets that yield the most output over the long term. Whether good economic times or bad, it’s the organizations that know how to identify and recognize talent that are most likely to succeed. Through its national public education effort, What Can YOU Do?,The Campaign for Disability Employment reinforces that people with disabilities want to work and that their talents and abilities positively impact businesses both financially and organizationally

If after watching you are compelled to really investigate What can You do? contact Pearl Buck Center Community Employment Services and together we can figure it out. []




Employment Success! On the job with Kang Eui Hong

In May, we introduced you to Kang Eui Hong, who sought an opportunity to stock shelves.  Today, we’re thrilled to post an update: in August, Kang Eui successfully landed a job with a local Dari Mart in Coburg, Oregon.

Kang Eui’s manager hired him to help keep Dari Mart’s coolers stocked during the busiest part of the day.  In preparation, Pearl Buck’s employment consultant worked closely with Kang Eui and his manager to design Kang Eui’s shift, so that that both he and Dari Mart were set up for success.  From there, it was up to Kang Eui–and from the very first shift, it was clear that Kang Eui planned to give this job his 100%.


Kang Eui approached stocking with consistent hard work, thoroughness, and attention to detail.  He quickly mastered the basics of the task, and then began working with his Pearl Buck job support staff to improve his speed and efficiency.  It soon became clear that Kang Eui was ready to take on some new responsibilities; within a few months, his manager added bagging ice to his daily routine.


Soon, Kang Eui will celebrate three months of successful employment.   His manager reports that his work is excellent, and recently added five more hours per week to his schedule.  We look forward to watching Kang Eui continue to grow, thrive, and turn this opportunity into a success story for everyone involved.

Want to congratulate Kang Eui?   Give it up in the comments below!

Job Seeker: Kirk Hatalla

Kirk is a quiet young man who lives with his family in the outskirts of Springfield. He is interested in finding part-time work in either the  janitorial or production arena. His dream job would be working in housekeeping in a hotel.

Kirk has been working at Pearl Buck Center in the spice room packaging Red Ape products and has found that he really likes this type of work.

The main reason that Kirk is seeking work is to gain experience and earn some money, but mostly he wants to stay busy so as to not be bored. He feels that he is a hard worker, with the intent to do the best that he can to ensure that the job gets done. Kirk has enjoyed working alone in the past because it is less distracting, however, he has thrived working in the Pearl Buck Spice room with his co-workers, making friends and working hard to get the tasks completed.

If you feel that Kirk would fit in with your organization or know of a place that would benefit from having Kirk as an employee, please contact Doris Steele;

Kirk's PosterHired!

A Letter from our newest Business Partner


We are so excited about our newest partnership with the South Hills Center located in the Tamarack Building and so are they! Here is a letter that was sent out to their community.

Hi Folks,

This week begins a partnership with Pearl Buck Center to provide janitorial staffing at South Hills Center [at the Tamarack Building].

Their mission:

“Pearl Buck Center offers people with disabilities and their families quality choices and supports to achieve their goals.”

We are happy to welcome Cody Grimes and staffing coach Linda Cox to the SHC Community.

Cody and Linda

Cody is originally from Chicago and moved to the Eugene-Springfield area about four years ago. He has been working at the Pearl Buck production facility for the last 1.5 years and also has experience working at a local auto-body shop. He is a Duck fan and a Dallas Cowboy fan. He’ll be working evenings after the last yoga class ends on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.

Linda will be offering coaching assistance for Cody while he works. She is a Job Developer at Pearl Buck Center working with a variety of different people in the program. She was born in Springfield and has lived here most of her life. Linda has a daughter and a 5 year old grandson. She’s a Duck fan, enjoys crafting and worked previously at H&R Block for about 10 years.

Thanks for being part of the team Cody & Linda! The work you do is important for keeping this facility available for all the many people we serve.

Welcome aboard!


Rozek & Daggett, LLC • Coaching • Consulting • Workshops •

South Hills Center, LLC • General Manager •

Mail: PO Box 518, Marcola, OR 97454 Cell541-912-4940 Desk541-484-6100

If you are interested in partnering up with Pearl Buck Center’s Employment Services, give us a call and let us know. We would welcome your interest and ideas.

Pearl Buck Center: Your Employ-ment Resource

Pearl Buck Center, Incorporated has been around for 60 years, yet it’s amazing that there are still many people who aren’t familiar with who we are or with some of what we do.

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So, we decided to make a short video, that hopefully will help shed some better light on the subject. And if after watching this presentation, you still have some questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting us. We would love to talk or better yet, give you a tour.


  1. a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.
    synonyms: handicap, disablement, incapacity, impairment, infirmity, defect,abnormality,…

    • a disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law.
      “he had to quit his job and go on disability”  or “she can’t work because of her disability

When you think of it, the Webster definition is limiting and implies that a person is incapable of doing much of anything, let alone working for a living. It is often through this filter or lens that we see people who are labeled – Disabled. This is perplexing, since nearly 1 in 5 ( that’s 45 million) Americans has a ‘disability’. The fact is people with disabilities are ordinary individuals striving to live ordinary lives, the same as anyone. Nearly half of us even know someone with a disability, and if you know someone who is labeled such, you know they’re so much more than the challenges they face. They’re our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, and consumers; they’re also a significant portion of the nation’s unemployed, with great and diverse untapped potential.

“No disability or dictionary out there, is capable of clearly defining who we are as a person.”– Robert M Hensel

For over 60 years, Pearl Buck Center has supported individuals with disabilities to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.  Repeatedly, we have found that a community is always stronger when there’s a place for everyone to make positive contributions. We’re leading efforts to re-think how people with disabilities can strengthen our local business community. We believe that with the right planning and supports, everyone can work. And that’s because we recognize this crucial fact:

Businesses don’t employ people for their disability; they employ them for their abilities.

The challenge is that many people with disabilities may not match a standard job description preventing businesses from accessing real talents that are worth their investment. This is where Customized Employment comes in.

What is Customized Employment? The Oregon Department of Employment Policy defines it as such;

Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time . . . one employer at a time. Customized employment will often take the form of:

  • Task reassignment: Some of the job tasks of incumbent workers are reassigned to a new employee. This reassignment allows the incumbent worker to focus on the critical functions of his/her job (i.e., primary job responsibilities) and complete more of the central work of the job. Task reassignment typically takes the form of job creation, whereby a new job description is negotiated based on current, unmet workplace needs.
  • Job carving: An existing job description is modified — containing one or more, but not all, of the tasks from the original job description.
  • Job sharing: Two or more people share the tasks and responsibilities of a job based on each other’s strengths.

‘We all customize our jobs, however, the typical job-seeker customizes after being hired and many people with significant disabilities will succeed only if the customization occurs prior to beginning work’ -Griffin Hamm

It really doesn’t take much to customize a job to fit the needs of a potential employee or the needs of an employer. Often it just takes thinking outside the box and getting creative. Perhaps even thinking how to improve a business’s bottom line, by taking some of the more mundane or simple tasks from experienced workers, freeing up their time to tackle what they are really being paid to accomplish and giving those extra bothersome or repetitive tasks to someone who is only seeking a few hours a day.

People with disabilities desire to be part of the mainstream workforce, working alongside people in their communities. When businesses hire people with disabilities, the benefit shows up on their bottom line and in improvements in the culture and the personality of their business. This is true for small businesses as well as large national corporations. In fact, it holds true for all industries – from services to manufacturing. We all share in the responsibility to move ahead – it is a journey that business, government, agencies, and families are going to need to travel together.

Employing people with disabilities is not only the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. Together, we can make a difference so that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.

And with the prevailing winds of change, perhaps it’s time to change the definition of disability to;


1.  The inability to see ability in another being.