The Oregon Rehabilitation Association serves 65 non-profit organizations across Oregon, http://www.oregonrehabilitation.org, and helps approximately 7,000 people with disabilities find jobs and receive training.
Amy Young, age 39, works for Garten Services, Inc., http://www.garten.org, an ORA member operating in the mid-Willamette Valley. Garten employs approximately 500 people with developmental disabilities or long-term mental illness. Young, part of a crew that dismantles old computers and other electronics parts, works at the organizations' north Salem recycling plant. She's been with Garten for 11 years.
"I love my job," she said. Before that, she worked in Garten's mailroom on the swing shift. "I miss my friends over there," she said, "but I like this day job a lot."
Another Garten employee, Steven Vogl, 58, said his job is "interesting and exciting. I have worked for 16 years driving forklift and no accidents."
Garten has contracts with public agencies and private employers for services such as recycling, fulfillment and packaging, custodial, laundry and landscaping.
ORA Board Chair Cindy Stockton, the executive director of Riverside Training Center in St. Helens, said, "People with disabilities face many challenges in our society but their ability to hold down a job and be independent is extremely important and they deserve the chance to work and succeed."
To visit a worksite in your community, contact Tim Kral at ORA, 503-585-3337.
|SOURCE Oregon Rehabilitation Association|
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