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 FVO Solutions is  turning  50 and feeling great!FVO Solutions is  turning  50 and feeling great!  Is there a better way to celebrate your 50th year of service than during National Disability Employment Awareness Month? We don’t think so.  On October 15th and 16th FVOS was fortunate to receive numerous accolades from friends, families and local officials for the unique work opportunities provided to their employees. During work hours visitors were efficiently  toured through our operating factory by client employees  to see just how those punches are made. Here are a couple of quotes from the day.

Family member:
"Thank you FVOS for the opportunity for my nephew to work here.  Without FVOS he would not be the person he is today.  He has achieved  levels of self-confidence and independence well beyond our imagination.”
 
Lunch both days was sponsored by the Civitan Club of Pasadena and the Civitan Club of El Monte/Arcadia. Members of the Pasadena Club as the FVO Solutions founding organization volunteered each day helping with our history, lunch and with visitor reception.

Thanks to all the companies donating to help support gifts to our client employees:  KenWalt Die Casting, Polenzani Benefits, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., LANDEGGER BARON LAW GROUP and ADBH Fasteners.
 
 
Congresswoman Judy Chu headlines a host of VIPs in attendance to Celebrate 50 years of service.
Congresswoman Judy Chu headlines a host of VIPs in attendance to Celebrate 50 years of service.

pictured  left to right Pasadena Chamber CEO and Board Member Paul Little,  second most senior punch assembler Juan Hernandez, U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff District  Representative Teresa Lamb Simpson, most senior staff Polo Robles,  Board Member Tom Polenzani, most senior punch assembler Sylvia Reyes, Board Member Hal Leavens, Board Member Ursula Hyman, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Rita Hadjimanoukian  Office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Megan Rodriguez state Senator Carol Liu’s Office.
Pictured  left to right:
Pasadena Chamber CEO and Board Member Paul Little,  second most senior punch assembler Juan Hernandez, U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff District  Representative Teresa Lamb Simpson, most senior staff Polo Robles, Board Member Tom Polenzani, most senior punch assembler Sylvia Reyes, Board Member Hal Leavens, Board Member Ursula Hyman, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Rita Hadjimanoukian,
Office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Megan Rodriguez, state Senator Carol Liu’s Office



Dan and Marilyn Droke
My wife Marilyn and I are proud supporters of FVO Solutions.

Linda's 2003 Cover Photo
Linda DrokeMy sister Linda Droke was born on November 20, l942 at Letterman Military Hospital in San Francisco. Our mother would later say that it was a difficult birth, and she would speculate that Linda’s mental disability stemmed from birth. It was a difficult time for our country, as we’d just entered WWII. It was an especially difficult time for anyone with “disabilities.” Even our president Franklin Roosevelt camouflaged his disability, as being seen in a wheelchair would have been the sign of a “cripple.” Linda grew up in this era. 

With determination and perseverance, Linda went through school, attending special education classes and ultimately earning a high school diploma. However, as a young teen she also developed epilepsy. Through these times, she was diagnosed and misdiagnosed many times. Some medications were prescribed which helped her, and some were prescribed that didn’t. Not surprisingly, she developed behavioral problems that made it difficult for her to socialize and have friends.
 
From the 1980’s through early 2000’s, Linda worked at FVO Solutions, Inc. (which was then known as Foothill Vocational Opportunities). She began working in a small facility across the street from the beautiful building that is now FVOS. In fact, she was the “cover girl” on their 2003 Annual Report!

I have memories of seeing Linda work on the assembly line. FVOS became a center-point for her life in those adult years. She cherished her paychecks and took great pride in what she accomplished with the direction and guidance of staff. I know that Linda’s life was enhanced by what FVO provided. She received the intangible gifts of respect, guidance, understanding of capabilities, and an opportunity to have work with dignity. With the combination of skilled, caring staff, and her fellow workers, Linda found a social network that worked for her.
 Linda's 65th Birthday                
Linda Droke's 65th BirthdayWhen she passed away, our sister Dorothy and I were able to use a remaining portion of the money our parents had set aside in trust for Linda’s supplemental care to make a gift to be used for staff training in Linda’s name.
 
This was Linda’s way to say “thank you” to FVO Solutions for giving extra meaning to her life and our family’s way to express our sincere gratitude and support for an organization that is providing a vital service to those who are underserved and to the community at large.
 
Dan Droke's signature




“Call us the punch people!!! 

Our objective is to constantly look at the punch building tasks in order to find ways to perform them safer, easier and more productive for people with disabilities.  This is part of what makes us unique as a social enterprise; our goal is to redesign work not people.  People are just fine the way they are.
 
Since 1975 FVOS has produced a  line of high quality paper punches used by the  US military and US Federal Government employees all over the world.  Recently FVOS expanded the line with 9 new punches.
Making the punches is just part of the story. This year engineering  students from Cal State Los Angeles participated in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge and won first place.
The devices the students designed increased productivity of the individuals and hence their wages by over 150% on that operation. The changes also made it possible for people with a much wider range of disabilities to be able to work.

David celebrates with friends and coworkers 
David celebrates with friends and coworkers.
 
Congratulations David!  After over 30 years David decided it was time to retire as a punch assembler. We are fortunate to have known you David. We doubt your moniker as the ” fastest assembler in the West” will ever be beaten. Thanks for all your work and the joy you brought to your coworkers.


Source America plaque

FVO Solutions delivers supply chain management, logistics, manufacturing, facilities and customized staffing services to businesses, nonprofits and government agencies, while providing job opportunities for individuals with disabilities or disadvantages, instilling dignity and respect through successful employment.

Media Contact:
Bill Murphy, Executive Director
789 North Fair Oaks Avenue | Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (800) 309-0969 | Fax: (626) 449-4802 | www.fvosolutions.com
Direct: (626) 449-0218 ext. 203