Dubiago, a New Canaan resident, was feted with a cake and special presentation from the store manager, Michael DePascale.
Dubiago is a client of STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, a Norwalk-based not-for-profit organization established in 1952 that serves individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Canaan, Darien, Westport, Weston and Wilton.
“Nicky is a joy to work with. She is always a pleasure, very helpful and always smiling,” DePasacale said.
“I love this place a lot,” Dubiago said. “They know me very well. They are my team family.” She continued, “Working makes me feel important. I started working here when I was very young. I’ve been here a long time.”
Her duties have changed over the years, from unloading trucks, cleaning and stocking shelves to helping customers and “facing” shelves.
Dubiago is supported on the job by STAR staff member Cathy Morton, her job coach. “Nicky is an awesome worker. She is very dedicated to her job and I am proud of her,” Morton said,.
STAR provides job training, placement and coaching, housing, transportation, family supports, recreational programs and activities, birth to three and early intervention programs, advocacy and more for those with a family member who has developmental or intellectual disabilities.
STAR serves over 600 individuals and creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. They inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.
For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, click here.
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