San Francisco SPCA Recognized for Leadership in Employing People with Developmental Disabilities

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2017 – The San Francisco SPCA is proud to support The Arc San Francisco’s WorkLife Awards, an initiative that celebrates the work and life achievements of people with developmental disabilities and the San Francisco businesses that employ them. This year, the San Francisco SPCA was recognized with a 2017 Non-Profit Partner Award.

The awards were created by The Arc to showcase the contributions of people with developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities, as well as a forum to highlight the businesses who champion their success.

Clients of The Arc work in positions that vary from full-time to part-time and include office and facility services, data entry, tech support, customer service, education, hospitality, and retail. The Arc is experienced at matching qualified candidates to the needs of employers. The agency provides job coaches, at no cost to business, who work with employees to ensure they meet employer expectations.

“The organizations who employ our clients understand that people with developmental disabilities make terrific employees,” said Dr. Glenn Motola, CEO of The Arc San Francisco. “I congratulate the businesses and individuals who are receiving The Arc’s 2017 WorkLife Awards for bringing a new diversity and talent pool to the workplace. They know that clients of The Arc are dedicated workers fulfilling vital roles every day. They support our clients in becoming taxpayers and fully contributing adults who are vital members of our community.”

The SF SPCA employs two people from The Arc San Francisco, Jesus and Joseph, to help run the laundry department. The animals in the SF SPCA’s hospitals and shelters need clean bedding, and the help that Jesus and Joseph provide is invaluable. In 2016 alone they helped clean 591,000 pounds of laundry!

“We’d like to offer our congratulations to both Jesus and Joseph,” said Joe Boothby, SF SPCA Director of Information Services, Technology, and Facilities. “The morale boost these young men provide is priceless – they make anyone who encounters them smile, and we’re invested in their growth and happiness.”

 

About The Arc San Francisco

The Arc San Francisco is a lifelong learning and achievement center for over 840 individuals with developmental disabilities in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. For over 60 years, The Arc has been widely recognized for its innovation in education and career programs as well as independent living services, health advocacy, and a broad range of arts and recreation opportunities. The Arc supports individuals with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities to meet the challenges of adulthood while achieving personal goals and lifelong success. The Arc’s affiliations with over 100 business, education, and health partners enable the nonprofit organization to provide successful internships and employment opportunities while offering a more diverse, enriching life experience for those served.

For more information visit www.thearcsf.org

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