For the 31st year, 100 local children and adults with disabilities departed from Goodwill Easterseals’ Gordon Smith Campus on Sunday, July 26th, for a week-long camping adventure sponsored through a generous donation from the Mobile Rotary Club. The campers will attend Easterseals’ Camp ASCCA (Alabama Special Camp for Children and Adults), the largest barrier-free camp facility in the nation. Located in Jackson’s Gap, Alabama, on Lake Martin, Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. Camper activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a “splash pad,” outdoor adventure elements such as a zip-line, and much more. Campers of all abilities can participate in everything from water skiing to horseback riding. We hope all of the campers have a BLAST and we will see you Friday when you return!
Join us on MONDAY, JULY 27TH from 11:00 am – 6:00 PM, LifeSouth is partnering with Goodwill Easterseals to hold a Blood and Clothing Drive at four of our store locations (see flyer for details). Donors who give blood will get a free LifeSouth t-shirt, and donors who give both blood and a clothing donation will receive t-shirts and a $5 off $25 coupon to use that day in our stores.
Paul, who spent 20 years in the Army Reserve, was now facing life with a disability. He became injured as a pedestrian when he was struck by a vehicle, causing him to lose the use of his leg. He ended up needing a wheelchair for mobility, and although he had always maintained steady employment in warehouse shipping and receiving, his job prospects were now limited.
Paul came to the Goodwill Easterseals Job Readiness program through a referral from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and spent some time in our Senior Community Service Employment Program. Funded through a grant from National Easterseals and the US Department of Labor, the SCSEP program offers job training and employment opportunities for low income seniors over 55. Paul received training and was offered a job in our E-Recycling department, where he breaks down computers and removes the hard drives containing sensitive information that are then destroyed by our Data Destruction staff. He is able to gain the hours he needs in an environment where the focus is on his abilities, not his wheelchair.
“I didn’t want to stay at home,” said Paul, “I wanted a job.”
For over 50 years, Goodwill Easterseals (GES) has been a leader in helping people with disabilities and other barriers to success to maintain independent lifestyles. Our goal is to provide meaningful employment for people like Paul who have significant disabilities.
For more information about our Secure Data Destruction and Personal Shredding Services, please call John Will at 251-300-6181.