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Grady is Living the Dream

May 1919

Mark Twain said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Some people say having a job you like is a luxury, but Grady, who works Savannah Special Events by Ranco, is living the dream!

As the Equipment Maintenance Manager, Grady has an important role in this fast-paced company: to make sure the items returned are cleaned and ready to take to the next event. And as it turns out, Grady has a knack for cleaning and organizing.

Each day, Grady inspects, cleans, and sorts the returned equipment, ensuring it is in perfect condition for Ranco’s next event. “I love cleaning, stacking and organizing. I like everything to be in the right place,” Grady says.

When Grady isn’t working, he doesn’t like to sit around. “I keep my house clean… I like for everything to be put away,” he explained. As the eldest son in his family, Grady feels a sense of duty to help his mother and to mentor his younger brothers. Grady also helps his mother with his young two foster brothers. “It doesn’t matter if I’m tired – I always help my mother,” he says.

Grady’s helpful character hasn’t gone unnoticed at his job. Rob, Grady’s supervisor, values the dedication and efficiency that Grady brings to the Ranco team. For more than 30 years, Ranco has been one of Savannah’s top companies for event setup in the Savannah area. Day in and day out, rain or shine, they set up tents, tables, chairs, stages and other event equipment for some of Savannah’s largest events.

“Hiring through EmployAbility is the best choice we’ve made. I’m glad we went in that direction,” Rob told us. As Savannah’s event and tourism industry continues to boom, the demand for Ranco’s services continues to grow. “As soon as we get more warehouse area, we’ll get more people from EmployAbility in here!”

Grady’s job at Ranco means a lot to him. It’s more than a paycheck – it is a place to harness his strengths and be rewarded for a job well done. “My managers, Rob and Paul, are the nicest managers I’ve ever had,” Grady says.

Supported Employment helps people with IDD (intellectual and developmental disabilities) create independence and stability not just for themselves, but for their family. It also serves as a social equalizer, demonstrating to others that people with IDD bring skills to the table that others value.

With community support, EmployAbility is able to place and support adults with IDD into community jobs in Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan counties, creating a richer, more diverse employee culture that embraces people’s abilities, rather than disabilities.

About EmployAbility

EmployAbility is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that prepares adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for competitive employment and community inclusion.

As a non-governmental organization, we rely heavily on support from individual donors, businesses, and foundation grants for funding. No donation is too small to help us sustain our vital programs.

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