Food Services Company Partners with BDI to Open Doors of Opportunity

When Georgia Institute of Technology students enter the North Avenue Dining Hall, chances are they’ll have a meaningful encounter with Bobby Dodd Institute clients Trenice Harris or Martin Downing. Trenice and Martin’s employment at the dining hall is a result of BDI’s partnership with Sodexo, a food and facilities management services company. As a trusted partner, BDI has been able to provide Sodexo with individuals who are well-trained and skilled to work in positions such as cashier, dish washer and janitor.

Sodexo’s mission is rooted in improving quality of life for the people it serves. Sodexo is a global organization serving 100 million customers daily and nearly 427,000 employees in 80 countries across the globe.

Sodexo promotes its commitment to “providing a work environment where people can bring their whole selves to work – this includes those with disabilities, often a source of untapped talent. Diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our business strategy and a cornerstone of our culture. In 2015,
Sodexo committed to providing 100% of our workforce with access to programs for people with disabilities by the year 2025. This means that in all countries where Sodexo operates, we will establish measurable initiatives to promote the recruitment, engagement and development of people with disabilities (PWD), within the parameters local laws and policies.”

Since partnering with BDI in 2013, Sodexo has done just that, providing opportunities for people with disabilities and barriers to employment to gain and sustain independence. 31 former BDI clients work in Sodexo locations throughout the metro Atlanta area—at Cox Automotive in Brookhaven, East Point neighborhood, Zoo Atlanta, and of course Georgia Tech.

BDI is proud to work alongside Sodexo and looks forward to more years of not only enriched job connections but also supporting Sodexo’s expansion across Atlanta.

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