Partnering with John Brown University in Siloam Springs, the center hopes to become more self sufficient, as well as open new job opportunities by starting a paper shredding company. In addition, the center is waiting to apply with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, to be able to accept more people with disabilities."One of my big goals here is not always rely on State and Federal grants, I wanna be more self-sufficient, and the only way to do that is to have a product that we do on our own." Blakely said. For employee Bobby Sue Whitlock the program isn't just a job, but an achievement. "At the end of the day, I feel so good about myself, cause I've accomplished so many things just in...one day." Whitlock said. Her brother, Andrew Whitlock, feels the same way. "We got a place to go to work and make money. like a lot of people they don't have jobs, and we're fortunate that we do." Whitlock said.
Director of the program, Kolin Blakely, invites anyone to come down and check out the facility in Siloam Springs. "Although we've been here 40 years, there's still a lot of people that don't know what we do, and I invite anybody to come down here, you don't have to make an appointment." Blakely said.
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