The Disabled Resources Center of Long Beach (DRC) has been selected as a recipient of the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life award. The award is given to support organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis.
The Quality of Life program, created by Dana Reeves, is based on freedom according to Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. “We are happy to be able to support the Disabled Resources Center to create more independence, increase opportunities, and provide support for those living with paralysis as well as their families and caregivers.”
DRC will use its $5,000 award to provide support to its Stepping Stones to Employment program. This program helps people with disabilities overcome some of the many barriers and obstacles that often leave people with disabilities with poor self-esteem and lack of confidence in their own abilities. For many people with disabilities, becoming an accepted volunteer is the first step on the arduous road to permanent employment.
Through the “Stepping Stones to Employment” program, DRC helps people with disabilities gain the skills needed to become successful and competent volunteers, and helps them find the “right” volunteer position in the community. As often as possible, DRC fills its own open positions with former volunteers. Recently, two volunteers, trained in the Stepping Stones to Employment eight-week program were hired by DRC to assist with the DRC’s Ticket to Work Program and its new Mobility Transportation grant.