National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) designated to focus on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The 2013 theme – Because We are Equal to the Task – emphasizes the value people with disabilities offer businesses. We’ve experienced firsthand how the opportunity to work can change a life. Every day we see people with significant disabilities prove to themselves and others that they have more abilities than disabilities.
Genesis is currently assisting individuals working in community jobs in Jefferson, Panora, Perry, Boone, Adel, Winterset, Indianola, and Storm Lake. We also partner with several school districts to provide work experiences through career exploration programs for high school juniors and seniors. This program combines classroom direction with community internships to assist the students in building necessary skills to obtain and maintain a job in the community.
Genesis Employment Services programs prepare people for jobs in the community and assist them in securing and maintaining employment. Our Work Services programs encompass all of the work opportunities at our four Genesis work centers. Paid work experiences in real work environments with real pay checks for people who want to work and to be gainfully employed.
Genesis Celebrates 40 Years of New Beginnings
Forty years and thousands of people with intellectual and mental health disabilities have become part of Genesis Development’s history of assisting with “new beginnings”. To celebrate this 40thAnniversary, Genesis has hosted several special events at our various sites and will be hosting a few more in the next couple months.
The Jefferson and Boone sites both held their first Fun Walk & Roll and Kid Carnivals in June, followed by the Bridge to Bridge 5K Run, Walk & Roll and Kid Carnival in Winterset in July.
The Indianola site will hosted a Dodgeball Tournament in August and will have an Open House in October.
Adel, Perry, and Waukee are each holding a car wash as a fundraiser for special projects at their sites. Adel will also be hosting an Open House at their new offices in October.
The last event will be on October 19th when the Storm Lake site holds their Zombie Walk in conjunction with their city’s Halloween promotion.
As the original Genesis site, Jefferson also hosted a Donor Appreciation Reception and a Community Appreciation Day at their facility in July. Other events included a blood drive in Storm Lake, a booth at the Dallas County Fair and the Adel Sweet Corn Festival, Chamber special events, and several parade floats at various community festivals.