Newton, MA – SIOR recently held its annual spring golf outing at the Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, a networking event for existing members while introducing potential candidates to the organization. The SIOR host organizer for the event was Kelleher & Sadowsky.
The Bridges to Work program at Friendship Home in Norwell was selected as the beneficiary of the event underwritten by Dacon’s Designed with Dignity philanthropy. Friendship Home’s goal is to bring together and enrich the lives of all community members. Alongside community-based employment, Friendship Home offers socialization and respite care to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. There are currently 56 members within the employment program, which is targeted to grow an additional 30% this year. Local businesses utilizing the Bridges to Work program include Stop & Shop, Curry Hardware, Burtons Grill, Younger University, The Tinker’s Son and Kappy’s Fine Wines & Spirits.
Proceeds totaling $5,000 are paying for a trainer to teach work skills and transportation to jobs. Approximately 2,400 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities live in Southeastern Massachusetts, with 200 from Cape Cod to Fall River utilizing Friendship Home’s services.
“Thank you to the members of SIOR for supporting this program. Bridges to Work supports individuals with developmental disabilities to explore their personal interests and career plans, set goals and build the necessary skills to fulfill their potential and live happy, purposeful lives. As employees, our members contribute to a business’s culture and operational efficiency. Our members give much more to local businesses than simply work skills. When individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges are integrated into the workplace, the value of community is highly apparent,” said Andrea Pyke, president and executive director, Friendship Home.