Kenny Family stores are a positive role model for autism employment
Published: June 22, 2023 by: Autism Delaware
On March 28, 2023, Jennifer Selvaggi, director of human resources, and Scott Gibson, HR specialist, from the Kenny Family ShopRites of Delaware, accepted the Noelle Perry Smith Employer of the Year Award from Tracy Horn, Autism Delaware's employment services manager. Autism Delaware gives this award to recognize employers who hire one or more individuals with autism and serve as a positive role model for the employment community. Six employees on the spectrum supported by Autism Delaware currently work in three ShopRite locations, all hired since 2021.
Bernie Kenny, owner and president, opened the first ShopRite in 1995. Since then, his company, Delaware Supermarkets Inc., has grown to a six-store chain of ShopRites that operate in northern Delaware. In 2008, he founded the Kenny Family Foundation to unite philanthropy and the power of partnerships to create greater equity and opportunity in New Castle County, Delaware.
Selvaggi explained why ShopRite hires people on the spectrum. "ShopRite is dedicated to hiring people on the spectrum. They often demonstrate trustworthiness, strong memories, reliability, adherence to rules and attention to detail. These qualities are essential in the Grocery industry to serve our customers and the community."
ShopRite supermarkets are located in Brandywine Commons (Wilmington), Christina Crossing (Wilmington), First State Plaza (Stanton), Governor's Square (Bear), Four Seasons Plaza (Newark), and Chestnut Hill Plaza (Newark).
Employers who would like to know more about the benefits of hiring people on the spectrum and how Autism Delaware supports their success should contact Katina Demetriou at email@example.com.