Marta Bohorquez, originally from Ecuador, is becoming prominent figure for her dedicated service to the community, specifically to people with disabilities.
“The door opened up for me to work with people with disabilities, and I took it. I loved it and that opened my eyes to many other needs in the community.”
Through working in various organizations, Marta has deepen her knowledge in this field.
“What I have learned above everything is that everybody has something to offer, that it doesn’t matter how many limitations people may have, if you take a close and careful look to the person you will find that they have many talents and abilities to share,” says Bohorquez.
“I’ve always ask parents to help develop those talents. If your adult child likes to be around the kitchen, then have them do more around the kitchen. Have them help peel potatoes and pineapples, which are not easy to do. Have them help as much as possible because that kind of practice develops skills that later can translate into jobs. My work is to maintain relationships with employers, parents, therapists on behalf of the client we are serving. We all come together for the good of one person but it’s all worth it. It’s absolutely worth it.”
She has been recognized for her work with the community. “DORS nominated me for the Michael’s Taff award in 2011. They chose me among many other people nominated. I place an average of 50 to 55 people per year. That is a lot when you are talking about people with disabilities.”
Nowadays Marta works at Jewish Social Service Agency and she continues to help people with disabilities.
“The connections we are developing such as Metro, CVS, Enterprise, SAP large organizations where we have big plans for people with disabilities. This makes me very hopeful about what’s to come.”