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Disabled get shot at jobs, volunteering at 1st Community Participation Event

The border of Dearborn and Detroit will be the site Tuesday for a first-ever Community Participation Event, aimed at providing opportunities for jobs or volunteering.

Community Living Services, which helps people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, will be holding the event from noon-4 p.m. at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit/Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Expressway. Between 200-300 people are expected to come through 40 vendors, which will be offering employment or volunteer opportunities to Wayne County residents with disabilities.

“It's a combination of a job fair and community participation event,” CLS public relations director Tiffany Devon said. “It's incredible the vendors we are getting: Antonio's Restaurants, Hiller's Market, Meijer, Toarmina’s Pizza, Oakwood Healthcare System—some are neighbors are in our backyard of Detroit and Wayne County.

“We wanted a central location in Wayne County, and we think Dearborn is a great location,” Devon said.

The Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority will assist CLS with holding the event, she said. Participants are being asked to bring their resumes, and they could be interviewed on-site. Those wishing to participate are “highly encouraged” to register online at, though Devon also expects additional people to come through the door.

“We hope by the end of the day, there will be people who get jobs, or are close to getting a job,” Devon said. “But we think it's going to be a great venue.”

For more information, contact Devon at (734) 722-7185 or

The CLS is a non-profit organization providing supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disability; and to seniors with long-term care needs; who live in the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. It is funded by the Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority.

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