Our employment program gives clients a chance to work and earn money. Our involvement within the community of Roswell has helped us build important relationships with community leaders, stakeholders, and businesses. Throughout the years, these altruistic Roswell community members have opened their doors to us and they have provided our clients with employment and volunteer opportunities.
Jesse, for example, has worked for Papa Murphy’s for over ten years. Overtime, Jesse’s professional development and experience has expanded greatly as he has taken on more responsibilities. He’s learned to make the cheesy bread and cinnawheels in addition to assembling the sauce and dessert cups for said cinnawheels. He’s also learned to measure the chicken and steak into appropriate weights. He completes these tasks while also sharing responsibility of the restaurant’s more basic tasks like dish washing and sweeping. In his spare time he volunteers around the city, helping the food drive for those in need at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Another great example is Daniel. With the help of our employment program, he has built a small business with great success in recent years. He has become a popular fixture in and around the community, a local celebrity, if you will, delivering the community with some of the best snacks in town.
Although existing laws protect individuals from any discrimination based on their disabilities, long-term advocacy was still necessary to change the hearts and minds of many. For years, many failed to see any potential in individuals living with developmental disabilities. A lack of public outreach kept individuals living with disabilities away from employment or volunteer opportunities for many generations. We changed that. Our work helped show others how people living with disabilities could still contribute to the community with the right opportunity. This strong and persistent advocacy challenged community leaders to abandon the status quo and employ our capable clients.