Karen Hannon, Founder and Executive Director of the Richmond Entrepreneur’s Assistance Program (REAP), will speak at Lucy Corr Village, 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd, Chesterfield, VA on Thursday, Feb. 28, 9-10 a.m. to discuss jobs for the disabled. For reservations or more information, call 768-7878.
The REAP mission is to provide excellent job training for individuals with disabilities; giving them the time and support they need to reach their highest level of ability so that they can find meaningful employment with them or in the community.
REAP believes their job training is not just about performance; they believe each person has value and worth. Both tools tell the story about the gift and treasure that every human being is to all of us. REAP sees love, trust, courage and grace through their friends with disabilities. They prepare them for more than entry level positions, but for life changing positions through their Heart to Heart Gift Baskets & Packaging and New 2 U Sports businesses.
Know the Facts
Did you know?
- Employment rate for adults with a disability: 29.7% vs. 77.8% without. Unemployment rate for adults with a disability: 15.6% vs. 9.2% without (2009 US Department of Labor Report)
- People with Disabilities take 10 times longer to gt a job than their non-disabled counterparts (VA DRS stastic).
- The Virginia Department of Rehabilitiative Services developed 8,898 individual employment plans for 2012, with a total of 3,390 becoming employed after receiving services. (VA DRS 2010 Annual Report).
- Among college graduates, 43% of People with Disabilities were unemployed compared to 18% of their non-disabled peers (2008 Cornell Unemployment study).
Employment is a powerful word; it evokes feelings of worthiness, security and especially acceptance. And for people with disabilities, a feeling of great accomplishment.
Through the efforts of REAP, Heart to Heart Gift Baskets & Packaging and New 2 U Sports, people with disabilities are becoming productive employees who are learning the feeling of worthiness, security, acceptance and accomplishment.
For more information about REAP, Heart to Heart Gift Baskets & Packaging, New 2 U Sports, to order your special holiday gift basket, or to attend one of their upcoming events, contact Karen Hannon at:
Founder and Executive Director
2106-B N. Hamilton Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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