Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- People with disabilities are going to work thanks to a partnership with Station Casinos. The Pathway to Work program is Positively Las Vegas.
Next time you visit Boulder Station, say hello to Sam, a porter who would rather be here than just about anywhere.
"I love every day of my job. This is my first job I ever had so this is a great opportunity," said Sam.
Sam is one of five OVIPs who got the opportunity to train at Boulder Station. Three of the five have been asked to apply for permanent positions.
Assistant GM Stacy Stagg said, "Customers don't notice there are special needs and we don't treat them like there is a a special needs. They have to be able to uphold the standards of Station Casinos."
The program is a collaborative effort between Opportunity Village, the Bureau of Vocational Rehab, and the Desert Regional Center.
They work together to identify clients who could work in the competitive marketplace.
Then they do everything they can like have job coaches by their side on property, to help them succeed.
Sam said, "It's a very big deal to me. Better than sitting at home doing nothing."
The program has been so successful for OVIPs and Boulder Station, the casino has already asked for the next group of trainees.
Mauro Lara, the Executive Director of Opportunity Village said, "I'm not surprised by the success. I'm pleasantly surprised by how quickly this program is moving forward."
That's because of workers like Sam who have what it takes to be productive, tax paying members of our workforce.
Station Casinos realized his potential.