On August 23, 2020, James Anderson, Rene Gonzalez, and Arturo Guitron celebrated a 10-year anniversary with Antelope Valley Transit Authority. These three men started their employment with AVTA in 2010 as part of Desert Haven Enterprises job placement program here in the Antelope Valley.
In early 2010, AVTA announced a planned expansion of its facilities. Having previously worked with Desert Haven, AVTA contacted the organization once again to inquire as to the availability of any qualified job candidates who could fill landscaping and janitorial positions. As Desert Haven’s vocational training focuses heavily on those areas, it took no time at all to provide AVTA with qualified, skilled applicants, who were experienced, seasoned, and eager to become members of the AVTA team.
“We are thrilled to recognize the loyalty and hard work these dedicated employees have provided to our agency,” stated AVTA Board Chairman Marvin Crist. “The successful partnership with Desert Haven Enterprises demonstrates the value these men contribute to our agency and our community.”
AVTA provided a very challenging, stimulating, and supportive work environment that encouraged growth, knowledge, and both personal and professional development. Desert Haven provided onsite job coaching services to assist AVTA’s new employees in learning their job tasks and completing them to the required standards. Over these past ten years of employment, as James, Rene, and Arturo have had the opportunity to learn more complex job skills, Desert Haven has continued to partner with AVTA to assist each to continue to grow and to develop within their respective positions and to maintain successful, long-term employment.
When asked to describe each of the employees, Desert Haven staff commented:
“James always shows professional concern for his quality of work; he takes pride and ownership of his role at AVTA.”
“Rene has such enthusiasm for his job; his attitude is infectious and he makes everyone around him smile.”
“Arturo is eager to please; he is meticulous about his job tasks and always ready for the next task.”
As Desert Haven puts it, James Anderson, Rene Gonzalez, and Arturo Guitron all represent the success that can be achieved when hard work (theirs) is connected to community support (Desert Haven), which is then partnered with an exemplary, compassionate, and willing employer like AVTA.
Desert Haven Executive Director Jenni Moran commended AVTA not only for its years of ongoing support of employees with disabilities, but also for clearly demonstrating that they are all vital, respected, and appreciated members of the team.
“Time and time again, AVTA has demonstrated that they truly value their employees and want nothing more than to see them succeed,” stated Jenni Moran, Desert Haven Executive Director. “Clearly, James, Rene, and Arturo are proof of AVTA’s steadfast commitment and support of its team members, as well as a testament to their own diligence and hard work. Congratulations to each of these outstanding employees on this, their 10-year employment milestone, and to their exemplary employer, AVTA, who made it possible for them.”
AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it is bounded by the Kern County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to the south, and Interstate 5 to the West.