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employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
DePaul Industries Unified Workforce associate Jon Hin was featured working last week in a KOIN 6 news story about Amazon's Prime Now operation in Portland. Jon first appears about 41 seconds into the video, which you can watch below, and is wearing a neon yellow shirt.
Since DePaul Industries was founded in 1971, we've provided job opportunities for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and over the years our program has taken many different forms. Now our Unified Workforce program is embarking on a new era, helping our employees to gain new skills and attain jobs in the community.
A few weeks ago we posted about our Unified Workforce program, which provides employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities at our Hayden Island food packaging facility.
At DePaul Industries’ facility on Portland’s Hayden Island, about 35 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities work side by side with employees with and without disabilities, helping to package food and consumer goods that will be distributed around the United States and the world.
Matt and Ceili are part of the Food & Nutrition Services team at Providence Health & Services in Portland, OR, a department responsible for preparing more than 3,000 meals each day and over one million meals annually for patients and guests of the Medical Center.
Focusing on integrated solutions for competitive employment, four nonprofit organizations in the Portland metro area will drive employment growth for people with developmental disabilities in the region’s large businesses via the highly successful Project SEARCH program.
We’ve formed a new partnership with Albertina Kerr Centers, Port City Development Center, and Bethesda Lutheran Communities to expand the nationally-acclaimed Project SEARCH program in the Portland metro area. Our four organizations will combine resources to work together with large local businesses to improve employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
When aiming to create employment opportunities for everyone who wants to work, that includes discovering and developing innovative ways to create jobs for those with the most significant barriers to employment.
The Standard’s partnership with DePaul Industries shows their commitment to the community and helping people return to work.
This article originally appeared in The Standard's internal company newsletter, newStand, on December 19, 2011. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com.