Danny Guzman was born deaf and lost his mother after delivery. Growing up deaf in a hearing world can be isolating, but Danny was blessed with a great personality, a positive attitude, and a determination to face life’s obstacles head on. Thanks to a scholarship from JEVS Human Services, a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals with a broad range of barriers, Danny attended Orleans Technical School in Philadelphia. There he received training in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating, and learned invaluable work and interpersonal skills
With the aid of a translator and a job coach, Guzman excelled in both the classroom and his career. Since 2010, Danny has been employed as a HVAC maintenance trades helper with PRIDE Industries, which provides base wide facility support services to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. PRIDE meets the manufacturing and facilities services needs of business and government agencies nationwide while fulfilling its nonprofit mission of creating jobs for people with disabilities. As an employee who is deaf, Danny serves as a mentor to other employees with disabilities, and role model to the entire workforce.
Danny was recently awarded the Inspiration Award by JEVS for his many accomplishments. Danny is the only student to have ever won both the scholarship and the Inspiration Award. Inspiration Award winners are recognized for overcoming barriers that blocked their path to self-sufficiency while serving as an inspiration to staff, clients and peers.
Danny was honored by JEVS at a recent ceremony, and featured in a short video that we think you will find inspirational. Danny is an inspiration to all of us at PRIDE and to other individuals with disabilities pursuing advanced education and employment, on a path to self-sufficiency. Congratulations, Danny!