Doing Good - Arkansas Support Network

Doing Good - Arkansas Support Network

Arkansas Support Network is a nonprofit working to make a difference in the lives of individuals living with a disability.

The Arkansas Support Network's Workbridge program is helping people living with a disability to learn life skills and job skills.

Shana Turner with the Arkansas Support Network said, "It's very rewarding because you're giving someone a chance to work in an integrated setting. We teach them the social skills and aspects that are related to working in today's job market."

The nonprofit's store called Encore Kids sells gently used children's items and also facilitates hands-on experience for those involved in the program. 

Turner explained, "We teach them how to work, how to do laundry, pricing and inventory. Just everything related to working in a store. We work on the resume preparations, training skills."

The training and life skills being taught are also another step to help individuals get a future job.

Organizers say the program has a nearly 85% job placement rate.

"I think once they get the job they're excited and say all my hard work has paid off. We want everybody to be including in the life of the community. We want everyone to be a part."

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