Our Latest Employment Success

The LightHouse is proud to announce another employment success that we have been glad to contribute to.

Employment Immersion Program graduate Lisa Gorden-Cushman has just landed a job as dormitory supervisor at Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB), a residential school run by the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Lisa, who has been blind since birth, credits the interviewing skills she refined at the LightHouse as a critical factor in getting the job at OCB. “The class was very helpful – [before I took it] I didn’t know what to say in an interview,” she says. In addition to attending class and completing homework Lisa took additional steps that helped her succeed. She practiced interviewing outside of class with a fellow student and with her sister. “No wonder she did well! Lisa was a model student – she was determined to get all she could out of the program. She brings an optimistic, positive energy and a dedication to serving people in the blind community to this new job,” said Program Leader Kate Williams.
Marty Nemko holds microphone in front of Lisa Gorden-Cushman at the LightHouse Employment Summit 2011Lisa has a Master’s degree in Counseling with specializations in Rehabilitation and Marriage and Family Therapy, and is studying for her MFT license in March. This job is a perfect fit for her skill set; she works with the OCB’s 36 resident students on practical issues such as navigation and checks-in on how they are doing emotionally and are adjusting to school.

If you are a blind or visually impaired jobseeker we encourage you to talk with Kate Williams to find out if the Employment Immersion Program can help. Call Kate at 415-694-7324 or email her at kwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.