Stuart Parker has thrived after his graduation out of the formal education system thanks to the support of Community Living Central York.
Along with learning valuable life skills, he was given a new opportunity through Community Living’s Employment Strategies, a program that recognizes there is a clear benefit to both businesses and the community when everyone is given the chance to succeed. Here Stuart received the confidence and support he needed to earn a place of employment at a Mazda car dealership.
Today, Stuart is one of Community Living’s United Way ambassadors, speaking to local companies and associations about the agency’s work. He is a role model to his Community Living peers and proof that people with developmental disabilities can make a difference in our community.
Meanwhile, Stuart’s family is happy knowing that he is busy, employed and has good friends to rely on. “Community Living has given him the opportunity to be the best he can be,” says his mother, Susan. “Next to our family, it’s the biggest part of his life.”
“We don’t give people with developmental disabilities enough credit,” says Jim Alexander, a business owner who employs people from Community Living. “You never know what is possible until people are given the opportunity.”
A HAVEN FOR LIFE AND JOB SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The Employment Strategies program at Community Living gives individuals the support they need to earn a place of employment. Staff members actively seek out and build relationships with businesses that are a good fit. Community Living also helps with all on-site training until the new recruit feels comfortable and capable within their new working environment.
These jobs aren’t simply symbolic; the Employment Strategies program provides businesses with reliable, productive workers who fulfill a necessary role.
By recognizing that everyone is capable and working within pre-existing skill sets, Employment Strategies puts people supported by Community Living in a position to succeed and provides a clear benefit to both businesses and the community.