Lakes Region Community Services is ranked number one among New Hampshire’s 10 designated Area Agencies in the percentage of adults it supports that have a paying job, according to the latest quarterly NH Developmental Services Employment Data Report.

“I’m excited that LRCS is again ranked number one for the high percentage of people we support who are out working in the community,” said Wendy Robb, director of LRCS StaffWorks. “Our entire staff is really focused and working very hard around jobs. It is a total team effort.”

At 45.28 percent, LRCS is beating the statewide average of 40.28 percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide, just 18.7 percent of people with disabilities have paid employment. See https://www.bls.gov/news.release/disabl.nr0.htm

Caleb Sweedler has worked at Hannaford’s in Plymouth for 13 years. His LRCS Resource Coordinator Melanie Mardin recalls the day he was offered the position by a Hannaford’s manager, “Caleb was on cloud nine. It was always his goal to be employed.” His major responsibility is to collect the cardboard that accumulates in various departments and run the compactor to break it all down. Caleb is a valued member of the Hannaford’s team in many ways. Recently he was recognized for raising the most money in a store fundraiser for the March of Dimes. “I like all the people there and my bosses,” said Caleb.

Thanks to partnerships between LRCS StaffWorks  and local employers large and small, opportunities that provide skills and training to prepare individuals for paid employment are on the rise. In addition, StaffWorks participants put in hundreds of volunteer hours each year, allowing them to learn new skills and meet their neighbors while learning valuable job and life skills.

“We don’t do this work alone,” said LRCS President & CEO Rebecca Bryant. “Developing strong relationships within the community is at the core of everything we do. This achievement is a testament to the value of those relationships and a tremendous amount of community support.”

Staff Works also operates several community-based small businesses that provide individuals with both on the job experience and a paycheck. These businesses include:  The Green Tangerine – Downtown Gifts and The ClothesLine Resale Boutique, both in Laconia, as well as Kil’n Time art and ceramics studio and The Readery Book Store, which are located in Downtown Plymouth.

Employers that would like to find out more about partnering with LRCS to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities should call 524-8811 and ask to speak to a job developer.

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