Life's So SweetPictured (from Left To Right): Ryan Notarpole, Employment Specialist at Challenge Workforce Solutions; Danya S., employee at Life’s So Sweet Chocolates; Darlynne Overbaugh, Owner, Life’s So Sweet Chocolates

Challenge Workforce Solutions is proud to announce that Life's So Sweet Chocolates has been chosen as a winner of a New York State "Works For Me" Award, which recognizes businesses that hire individuals with disabilities, as well as the contributions the individuals bring to the workplace.

Life's So Sweet owner Darlynne Overbaugh began working with Challenge in 2013 when Danya S., who went through Challenge's Employment Training Program, began a work experience at Overbaugh's former shop in Trumansburg. Danya, who is legally blind and has been diagnosed with a developmental disability, was later hired as an employee by Overbaugh. Danya handles many tasks at Overbaugh's Ithaca store, including stocking, packaging, and even helping out with cutting chocolate.

"This is all a result of Danya's hard work and positive attitude," Overbaugh said. "The support she's received from Challenge has made this all possible. The strength of Challenge is finding the right person to fit in the right environment."

Job coaches, employment specialists and support staff at Challenge have worked with Danya to help her develop the skills needed to be a success as part of the Life's So Sweet family.

"Danya is a perfect example of the positives that come when employers are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to be a valued and respected part of the workforce," said Joe Sammons, Executive Director at Challenge. "Life's So Sweet is a wonderful business that is thriving in downtown Ithaca, and we couldn't be prouder to be partners with them, and we are thrilled that Danya has had so much success working there!"

Overbaugh, as well as Danya, will be recognized October 19th, 2017, during an awards event at the New York State Museum in Albany. The event is hosted by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.