The Clinton County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Board of DD) recently presented Goodwill Inc. with the “Friend of the Nike Center” award.
Each year, the board selects a business or an individual that has stepped out and made a profound effect on the lives of people with disabilities.
According to board member Roberta Naylor, “Parents of adults with disabilities are faced, every day, with decisions as to ‘Are we doing the best for our young person — just what is the best niche for him or her?’ We want people to look at the abilities, not the disability. That is how I feel about the Goodwill Job Com program.”
Job Com is a program that provides people with disabilities opportunities to gain job skills through volunteer work as well as make meaningful community connections. People involved in the Job Com program currently volunteer at locations such as Stillwater Stables, The Murphy Theatre, Continental Manor, Clinton County Homeless Shelter, Wilmington Area Humane Society, Cape May, and watering flowers for the City of Wilmington.
“This is an opportunity that takes a good look at each person’s ability, not that person’s disability. This program provides daily opportunities within the community to expand each member’s job skills,” said Naylor.
Clinton County Board of DD’s Community Integration Coordinator Sarah Needham provided this article for the News Journal.