Posted on July 21, 2016
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Thanks to Source America, Helena Industries’ Big Sky E-Recycling Director, Matt, Ray, Self-Advocate, and Dory, Helena Industries Mail Center Supervisor, attended the 2016 Grassroots Advocacy Conference in Washington DC. Throughout the week, the Helena Industries team was empowered to tell their stories and embrace their role as active participants in shaping policies that affect the employment of people with disabilities.
While in DC, Montana’s entire federal delegation opened their doors to the Helena Industries team, visiting and learning during the signature Wednesday morning Montana Coffee event.
Here’s what Matt, Ray, and Dory had to say about their trip to DC:
“I enjoyed the memorials and hearing other people’s stories at the conference” ~ Ray
“My favorite part of the 2016 Grassroots Advocacy Conference was seeing the empowerment of the advocates to be able to tell their stories to one another, to a large audience, and to our national elected officials. The reception by our Montana Delegation at coffee and by their offices was also remarkable and generous. It was a treat to see our nation’s capitol through the eyes of folks visiting for the first time, adding awe to our trip to help ensure programs that provide genuine work opportunities through government contracts are recognized and maintained based on the truly powerful difference they make.” ~Matt Elsaesser
“I liked meeting everyone from across the country at the convention and meeting everyone on Capitol Hill.” ~ Dory Winters
Helena Industries is proud to be part of the SourceAmerica network and an AbilityOne partner.
SourceAmerica Fast Facts
Nearly 80% of Americans with significant disabilities can’t find jobs. SourceAmerica’s mission is to create employment opportunities and choices for this exceptional workforce so that they, too, can realize the American Dream.
In FY 15, SourceAmerica and the network of nonprofit agencies like Helena Industries:
- Created employment opportunities and choices for Americans with significant disabilities.
- Employed 43,119 people with significant disabilities on AbilityOne contracts.
- Placed 23,991 people with significant disabilities in jobs in the community.
- AbilityOne is critical to our mission at Helena Industries: to provide vocational and rehabilitative services utilizing real work, related services, and individualized resources to empower persons with disabilities to learn new skills, use their talents, and lead fulfilling lives. AbilityOne programs through Helena Industries provide skills, confidence, and experience for those we serve. Work and life skills gained through AbilityOne programs on campus foster opportunities at Helena Industries, in their daily lives, and in seeking employment in the greater community.