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Six Didlake Employees Recognized for Outstanding Service

August 7, 2012

Six Didlake custodial employees were recognized for outstanding service at the Defense Logistics Agency. Those recognized are pictured (from left to right): Terry Gilmore, Curtis Brown, Alex Yarnof, Jamar Wright, Ismael Ventura, and Aimaree Watcharie

Manassas, VA – On Aug. 3, Six Didlake custodial employees were recognized by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Chief Financial Officer J. Anthony Poleo for their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment to their jobs at DLA. Poleo, who is also chair of the AbilityOne commission, said it was necessary to let the employees know that they are why the AbilityOne program is important. “The program is here to serve those folks and to help them develop themselves. I wanted to let them know that somebody recognizes that they do a good job every day.”

 The employees recognized were Curtis Brown, Terry Gilmore, Ismael Ventura, Aimaree Watcharie, Jamar Wright, and Alex Yarnof. Poleo presented each employee with an AbilityOne coin as a token of the program’s appreciation.

 Didlake President and CEO Rex Parr said it was an honor for Didlake to have been part of the DLA team for 12 years. “We are thrilled that six of our employees are being recognized for their hard work,” Parr added.

 Didlake is a top producer in the AbilityOne Program, the largest single source of employment for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities in the United States.  Employment opportunities made possible through the AbilityOne Program provide people who are blind or have other severe disabilities with the job skills and training necessary to receive good wages and benefits and gain greater independence and quality of life while providing high quality solutions for the federal customer at a fair market price approved by the AbilityOne Commission.

 About Didlake
Didlake, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. It was founded in 1965 to create opportunities for people with disabilities through services that connect them to employment, education and the community. It provides contract business services for commercial and government customers and has won numerous awards for its facilities maintenance; packaging/ assembly; and administrative services. The organization operates throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, in the Roanoke Valley and in Greater Hampton Roads. It serves more than 1,600 people with disabilities annually. Didlake, Inc. is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, accredited by CARF and proudly serves the nation through the AbilityOne program. Its partners include the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, local Community Services Boards and United Way of the National Capital Area. For more information, visit www.didlake.org.