Three Degrees of Inspiration

Fifteen years ago, if you’d have asked Bernedette Jackson, a CSR in Phoenix, what she would be doing today, she certainly wouldn’t said it would involve helping customers in a call center. Why? Because Bernedette has earned three degrees (her B.A., M.A. and Doctorate) in the field of education and assumed that her work would…

Free-Flyer Air Force Veteran Lands Ideal Career at Peckham

Peckham’s Flint location focuses exclusively on manufacturing. There are approximately 80 team members at the Linden facility, many of whom are veterans, have a disability, or another barrier to employment.  Sally is one of them. Sally has always considered herself a “free flyer,” especially when it comes to employment. She has a long list of…

Peckham Receives Governor’s Service Award for National Service

Lansing, MI- Peckham received the National Service Impact Award during the Governor’s Service Awards Nov. 17. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission celebrated 46 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations who are leaders in volunteerism, service or philanthropy. Peckham was recognized for its success with the Americorps Economic Opportunity Coaching program. The Governor’s…

From Mexico to Lansing: Perseverance Translates Into An Exciting Career Start

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time where we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans to our nation and society. Peckham’s Contact Center Solutions line of business employs almost 200 Hispanic or Latino team members, with some locations, such as Phoenix, having as much as 34% of…

Success Is No Accident – A Veteran Finds A New Path Forward

Nearly a third (29.6%, 3.5 million) of the 12 million veterans ages 21-64 in the U.S. report having a disability. The vast majority of those disabilities are service-connected. Among Peckham’s five lines of business, Supply Chain employs the highest percentage of veterans – 7% of team members and 42% of staff have served in the…

Finding a Career At Peckham Allows Team Member to Fulfill a Promise Made 29 Years Ago

When Joe got married 29 years ago, he promised his wife he would take care of her. Throughout his working career, he’s worked dozens of jobs, including eight in the Lansing Mall, trying to fulfill that promise.  However, his goal of making enough money to become the majority breadwinner in the household seemed always out…

Team Member Uses Peckham as a Stepping Stone to a Career Helping Others

Virginia Besant has a penchant for quality and a commitment to helping others navigate the difficult path of substance abuse recovery. After completing college, Virginia developed a dependence on painkillers that led to a more prevalent substance use disorder. She says she spent years “not doing anything productive,” ultimately spending time in jail and a…

Help Overcoming Language Barriers Leads to Upward Mobility At Peckham

Peckham’s manufacturing division in Lansing encompasses an incredibly diverse workforce – 60% female, 66% Non-white, 55% Non-English speakers. Youa Lee Xiong is one of the many immigrants who has found a second home working for that line of business. Like many of her colleagues, Youa left unstable political conditions and an authoritarian regime in her…

“I’m Here. And I’m Working”

Matthew White has been successfully working at Peckham for almost 10 years. He and his service dog Zeb take public transportation to one of Peckham’s several warehousing locations in Lansing every day. His role as a materials handler requires him to securely wrap pallets using a shrink-wrap machine and to ensure the roll doesn’t disengage…

Capitalizing on Abilities Gives People With Developmental Disabilities A Chance to Succeed

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Tim Hyatt is one of the more of 180,000 people in Michigan who have a developmental disability. Tim works at Peckham’s Environmental Services line of business, a division in which almost 34% of the workforce has a developmental disability. Tim had a number of jobs prior to joining Peckham….