(Salmon Arm, BC) — (October 1st, 2010) —“ Due to a generous $2500 grant from the Shuswap Community Foundation – the Mary Douhaniuk Memorial Fund and the foundation’s General Fund – we were able to purchase 3 new laptop computers and 2 office chairs,” said Jo-Anne Crawford Executive Director of the Shuswap Association for Community Living. “We simply do not get enough funding from Community Living BC (CLBC) to keep up with technology, yet we are expected to. These purchases assist us in meeting the reporting requirements of CLBC and our Accreditation status. ’”
Due to CLBC Service Restructuring and budget cuts, the Association has gone through a number of changes in the last few years. “We still offer Recycling Services and Confidential Paper Shredding, but our Wood Shop is only open one day per week now and will be closed once the present inventory is sold. CLBC has not been placing any new individuals in our ‘Sheltered Workshop’ programs for a few years now. Anyone receiving new services is on individualized funding and can access employment services. The Employment Service assists and supports employers who hire individuals with developmental disabilities to do ‘real work for real pay’ – a job whereby they earn at least the minimum wage.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Employment Services can call 250.804.2332, or to get more information please call 250.832.3885 Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.