Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Open for Business and Training

What a great volunteer opportunity for people with developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, so many more individuals who receive employment services across the country are out of work and there aren't enough jobs or volunteer opportunities. Hopefully this model - which helps people throughout the county who are experiencing tough economic times - will survive.

The Arc of Montgomery County (Maryland) Thrift Store held its official grand opening last week, It's the organization's first thrift store in the county.
In addition to providing valuable job skills for people with developmental disabilities, the proceeds that come from the sale of donated clothes, small furniture and house-wares benefit the Arc, among the largest community-based organizations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The proceeds mostly benefit Arc's vocational program, which trains people with disabilities in practical jobs such as lawn care and secretarial duties, said Kevin Trostle, the assistant director of business and contract services for the Arc of Montgomery County.
Not only are people gaining job skills, but they also are benefiting from the interaction the thrift store provides with the rest of the world,.

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