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Fedcap Custodian Awarded 2011 Youth Achievement Award by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities

Raphael Herring, a Fedcap custodian at the US Capitol Visitor Center, was awarded the 2011 Youth Achievement Award by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.

Mr. Herring, 20, accepted the award from Richard E. Marriott, chairman of the Marriott Foundation (left side of the photo on the right), on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at a reception hosted by the Washington Metro chapter of the Foundation’s Bridges … from school to work program.

“I stand before you as an example of what people with disabilities can achieve,” Mr. Herring told the audience. “Two years ago, I was in high school, but I wasn’t functioning well in the classroom. I was on a bad road. Two years ago, I didn’t see myself being alive today.

Raphael with Award“Today, I have a high school diploma, and a steady job that helps support me and my mother and grandmother and my aunt and my cousin.”

Mr. Herring was introduced to the Bridges program by his teacher, Keith Sewell, who home-schooled him for his senior year of high school. Working withBridges employer representative Wayne Carter, he was first employed as a part-time clerk at CVS and promoted to cashier. Then in May 2010, he interviewed with Fedcap to work on its NISH/AbilityOne contract to maintain the 580,000-square-foot US Capitol Visitor Center.

“I got promoted to full-time a little more than a year ago – and in January my health, vision and dental benefits kicked in. This Spring I also got my High School diploma,” Mr. Herring told the crowd. “I would like to thank Mr. Sewell and all my teachers for recognizing my potential and pushing me to succeed. I would like to thank everyone in the Marriott Foundation Bridges program, especially Mr. Carter and [Director Shelby] Hill. I would like to thank Fedcap and my supervisor, Mr. Isaac Massey, for all his support in my work and my life. And I would like to thank my Mom, my Grandma and all the rest of my family. I could not succeed without their love and support.”

Raphael SpeakingThe Marriott Foundation’s Bridges program develops and supports mutually beneficial job placements to meet the workforce needs of local employers and the vocational goals of young people.

For more than 75 years, Fedcap has created jobs and broken through the barriers between Americans and sustainable employment. A nonprofit that provides vocational and work-readiness training, career counseling and job placement, we put thousands of people to work each year directly with private- and public-sector employers and through our sourcing businesses in facilities management, office services, manufacturing and home healthcare. Fedcap employs more than 1,500 people and has operations in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC.