Proof Is In The Pie: disABILITY Services Bring Success

It’s not unusual for Emma Rued to make a hundred pies a day. When we visited her recently at Petaluma Pie Company, she and her co-workers were preparing for five weddings! Proprietor Lina Hoshino has no doubt the job will be done well and on time.

“Emma is a great employee, she started as a dish washer and we quickly moved her to making pies. I know I can count on her,” says Hoshino.


When Emma first came to CHD’s disABILITY Services program, she had a strong desire to work but couldn’t get a job.

“She was submitting resumes left and right, but no one would hire her,” says Emma’s dad, Tim Rued. “At first, you don’t notice anything different with Emma but then, if you talk with her for awhile, her Autism becomes more clear.”

CHD’s disABILITY Services team helped Emma to develop social and job skills and then arranged for her to begin work at Petaluma Pie. DSC_0114

“It’s made a huge difference in all of our lives,” says Tim Rued. “Now Emma’s working nearly full-time and saving to get her own place, which my wife and I expect she’ll do.  She wants her independence and we want her to have it!”

Creating opportunities for adults with disABILITIES is the mission of CHD’s disABILITY Services, which is accredited by CARF International.

Hats off to the Rued’s and Petaluma Pie, along with a host of additional disABILITY Services clients and employers who are sharing their success stories with CARF surveyors onsite this week in Santa Rosa.

CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.



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