Justin Edwards, A PRIDE Industries / VSP Story of Success

Justin is a PRIDE custodian at VSP, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States, with a network of more than 28,000 doctors.

Justin has a learning disability and had trouble maintaining employment at a number of companies before coming to PRIDE. He was always able to find a job, but keeping a position was difficult as he struggled with picking up new tasks at the pace required by his employers. At PRIDE, Justin has not only maintained full time employment, but has thrived at VSP, even earning prestigious recognition from the company’s leadership. “I’m a doer” says Justin. “I learn in a different way, but PRIDE and my supervisors have embraced this and helped me to be successful.” “He is everything you could ask for in an employee,” says Aida Arroyo, his supervisor at VSP. “He is friendly, outgoing, a team player and goes out of his way to help others. He is very smart and intelligent and genuinely cares about his job.”

Justin recently played an integral part in helping VSP to earn LEED-EBOM Platinum certification for the second of our four corporate buildings in Rancho Cordova, CA. LEED is an environmental certification program for buildings and stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It recognizes those buildings that meet universally accepted sustainability criteria and LEED Platinum is the highest certification. Only 24 buildings in the country currently have the LEED-EB rating, including two at VSP headquarters.

It is people like Justin who truly exemplify the business and mission of PRIDE Industries, creating jobs for people with disabilities while providing world class services to our customers. To learn more about how PRIDE helped VSP earn LEED-EB accreditation, click here.

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