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Two long-term Employment Specialists are retiring this month.  Each has left a legacy with their heartfelt work with people receiving IPS services. Rosa Murillo from Clackamas County and Cheryl Rhodes from Mid-Columbia Center for Living, you will both be remembered fondly and we wish you nothing but the best in your retirement years ahead! The following is an article about Rosa’s retirement from Clackamas County’s Supported Employment Newsletter.

“It’s been a journey. It’s been an adventure!”
Rosa Murillo is retiring December 15, 2017 after more than 13 years as a Supported Employment Specialist (SES) in Oregon. She began in 2004 with Mid-Columbia Center for Living in The Dalles, OR and then moved to Clackamas County and began work with the Stewart Behavioral Health Clinic in 2010. Rosa was the first SES for Clackamas County BHC and assisted job seekers throughout the county. Over time, the SE team has grown to three members serving four teams. “I’m so proud of the work I’ve done in Sandy to help people find jobs. The town has grown so much since. Sometimes I find a job for Sandy job seekers even before they meet with Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VRD).” Over 1/3 of Rosa’s caseload identifies as Hispanic and/or speaks Spanish. Referrals to Supported Employment for members of the Latino community are increasing steadily as word spreads that Spanish speaking clients have increased access to competitive employment and sustainable work. Rosa states she will miss the people with whom she works the most and she will miss the paperwork and documentation the least. We will all miss Rosa!! Best wishes in your retirement!!