Meet Malorie Salley

Although visually-impaired and on the autism spectrum, Malorie Salley never let her disabilities stand in her way.

Growing up she participated in JCC teen programs; as a young adult she signed up for volunteer work experiences and phoned potential donors at a Super Sunday event.

So when The Associated was selected to participate in the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Opportunity Initiative -placing young adults with disabilities in paid internship positions with Federations – Malorie came to mind. Once hired, a Jewish Community Services job coach provided job skills training, and eased her transition.

During her internship, Malorie contacted donors, thanking them for their contributions. While Malorie developed invaluable work skills and became more independent, The Associated gained a valuable employee and established a work environment of inclusion.

“To think that an organization is taking the time and money to allow people with disabilities to have an opportunity to work … I don’t have the words to describe how it makes me feel. They’ve gone out of their way to make it easy for me,” says Malorie.

While at an Associated staff meeting, Malorie learned about Taglit-Birthright Israel’s free trips to Israel for Jewish young adults. She mentioned it to staff, who then helped her fill out an application and worked with Towson Hillel to secure an escort so she could go. “They made my dream of going to Israel a reality,” she says. “I want to stay here forever.”


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