(Sayreville, NJ) – As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Hudson Community Enterprises (HCE) honored the Sayreville Police Department yesterday at their “Recognizing Change-Makers” breakfast for their dedication to the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

“As part of its Pledge All Abilities™ campaign, HCE has taken steps to not only educate organizations about how to best to include and employ person with disabilities, but also inform the community about the organizations, businesses, government and law enforcement entities that are leaders in the movement to be more inclusive,” said HCE President Joe Brown. “Today we are recognizing members of the Sayreville Police Department with our ‘Change-Maker Award’ for their impact and innovation.”

HCE also honored Sean Jaeckel with their “Difference-Maker Award” for his work within the Sayreville Police Department as a Traffic Safety Clerk. Sean, who is deaf, was celebrated for “going above and beyond his duties and consistently making a positive difference in the workplace.”

In addition to honoring Sayreville Business Administrator Glenn Skarzynski for helping make Sean’s employment possible, HCE also highlighted the dedication of supervisors who have taken the time to train Sean and ensure his successful employment: Lt. Tom Sheehan, Office of Administration Professional Standards; Sergeant Brian Braile, Traffic Safety Bureau, and Sergeant Jeff Casella, Office of Administration.

“It’s not easy for someone to come into a police department when they have not had experience working in one before,” said Lt. Tom Sheehan of the Administration Bureau. “However, Sean came in, learned quickly with the help of his supervisors, and has become an exceptional asset to the department and to the community. We could not be more pleased with his success.”

HCE also honored staff member Lisa Murtha as the “Inclusion Champion of the Year.” Lisa, who is a Business Development Coordinator at HCE, was honored for her “unwavering commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, and her tireless efforts in promoting equality, creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected, and leading the way as a true advocate for inclusion.” For more about Lisa and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services staff at HCE, click here.

Learn more about HCE and its Pledge All Abilities™ initiative at www.hce.works. The Pledge All Abilities™ initiative is supported through a grant provided by the New Jersey Division of Vocational and Rehabilitation Services.

About Hudson Community Enterprises

Hudson Community Enterprises (HCE) is a not-for-profit company that has been providing training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities for over 60 years. HCE operates five enterprise businesses, including building maintenance services, Electronic Content Management (ECM)/document scanning, document shredding, digital printing and packaging and fulfillment. Each of these businesses employs persons with disabilities, many of whom have been provided workforce development/training and vocational rehabilitation through our HCE. In 2023, HCE launched the Center for Employment and Inclusion for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and DEAFinite Solutions™, a social enterprise offering business services created by and for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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