October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Awareness Month

LifeWorks would like to recognize Mountain Lumber Flooring for their exemplary contribution to helping folks with disabilities find employment.  In 2017, they have allowed four LifeWorks participants to complete a Community Based Assessment there to help them try out this work to see if they liked it.  Of these four, two have ended up being offered full-time employment!  Stuart Smith, Plant Manager, is committed to partnering with the community, and has been a champion in advancing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  Thank you Mountain Lumber, and Mr. Smith.

Lifeworks: Steps for Success

Lifeworks Lewisburg WV

Pictured: From left, Amber Hinkle, Julius McMillan, Dr. Beverly Ford, Demon Gary, Eli Barnette, Liz Pitzer and Cindy Tucker.

Lifeworks, a CRP (community rehabilitation program) which is a division of Open Doors, Inc. held a workshop titled “Steps for Success” on May 2nd. It was held at the Gus R. Douglass Building at the State Fairgrounds.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Beverly Ford from Durham, NC.  Dr. Ford holds a PhD in counseling psychology, and does a variety of trainings geared toward human service professionals, and youth.

This workshop was attended by juniors and seniors from Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West High Schools, a total of 90 students.  Dr. Ford’s presentation was very interactive, discussing change, as these students prepare to leave high school to enter the world of work, or to go on to high education.

They also discussed their success stories, learned tips on interviewing, and ways to use their network of acquaintances, such as friends, neighbors, church, grocery store, and so on to learn about job openings that may be filled before they are ever advertised.  The students had lunch, and several door prizes were given away.

This workshop was made possible through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.