Nick Gentry, a guest service ambassador at Fuddruckers in Kingwood, was named Champion of the Month for August. The award was the ultimate compliment for Gentry, who has been working at the restaurant for more than two years as part of the Village Learning Center Employment Advantage. The program helps provide employment services for individuals with disabilities.
“It’s good to work there and it made me feel real good and glad to tell my mom and dad,” said Gentry, about receiving the recognition from his employer.
Gentry, 30, works in the kitchen at Fuddruckers, where he is responsible for maintaining the flow of tableware. He also can be found bussing tables and assisting customers in the restaurant’s dining room.
Randy Davis, Fuddruckers store manager, said he chose Gentry as Champion of the Month to recognize his ongoing contribution and progress on the job. Davis notes that Gentry has the ability to lighten the mood at the restaurant and keep his fellow employees smiling. “That’s a good thing in a place where things can get hectic at times,” Davis acknowledges.
Nick’s parents, John and Kathie Gentry, are grateful for the opportunity that the Fuddruckers organization has given their son. “We recognize Randy for the support he gives Nick to make him a part of the team and feel respected, while providing guidance where needed,” said Kathie. “Nick always comes home (from work) with a smile on his face!”
After receiving his award, Gentry shared his good news with his peers at the Job Networking and Support Club hosted by Employment Advantage at The Village in Kingwood. Individuals with developmental disabilities, who receive employment services from Employment Advantage, have the option to participate in the long-term peer and professional support that the club offers. To learn more about Employment Advantage, contact Village Supported Employment Manager Mary Ciura at 281-358-6172 or visit www.villagelac.org.
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About Village Learning Center, Inc.
Village Learning Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to creating the support and services to affect positive changes in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities. One of the core beliefs of Village Learning Center, Inc. is the success of the participants depends upon their ability to make choices, regardless of severity of disability … the same choices and options available to other people in society. The organization also recognizes that the programs and services provided to participants also help their families to have choices too, making a positive impact on the individual, their family, and the community. For additional information about how The Village creates inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities, allowing them to live in their own communities, close to their families and friends, visit www.villagelac.org The Village is a member of the Lake Houston Area, Kingwood and East Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce, Kingwood Kiwanis and Humble Intercontinental Rotary.