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Non-profit organization helps disabled people find work

Thomas Wimberly has a learning disability and is the Administrative Assistant at the Easter Seals Work Adjustment Center Thomas Wimberly has a learning disability and is the Administrative Assistant at the Easter Seals Work Adjustment Center
The Easter Seals Work Adjustment Center helps several people with disabilities find work The Easter Seals Work Adjustment Center helps several people with disabilities find work
Hollis Sanders is the Work Adjustment Center Job Procurement Specialists Hollis Sanders is the Work Adjustment Center Job Procurement Specialists
Easter Seals' clients package and fold boxes for numerous local employers Easter Seals' clients package and fold boxes for numerous local employers
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany non-profit group is changing the lives of people with disabilities by helping them find work.

27-year-old Thomas Wimberly answers phones and files information at the Easter Seals Work Adjustment Center. Seeing how well he does his job, you'd never know that he suffers from a learning disability.

"I've tried to find jobs in the community but for some reason or another they would never work out," said Administrative Assistant Thomas Wimberly. 

Thomas was hired as the Administrative Assistant five years ago, and like so many others with disabilities, he was glad to find an organization that was willing to hire him regardless of his disability.

"We try to find jobs for individuals with disabilities either on our site here at our 5,000 sq foot warehouse that is climate controlled or put them out in the community to actually do their jobs, " said Work Adjustment Center Job Procurement Specialists Hollis Sanders.

In the warehouse, their clients package personal hygiene products and do box folding for companies like Protocol, M&M Mars and Harveys Supermarket.

"We're paying these guys by the piece so companies don't have to worry about having insurance, employer taxes we are fully insured," said Hollis.

Easter Seals officials say the job training skills they provide their clients throughout South Georgia allow them to compete with the best in the workforce.

"They stay on their job longer than individuals that may not have a disability because they take pride in the work that they do and they enjoy doing it," said Easter Seals Job Development Coordinator Kim Moore-Willis.

" I'm so glad that we are able to help people in the community," said Wimberly.

 A job that Wimberly knows how to do best.

The Easter Seals Work Adjustment Center has helped more than 15 people with disabilities find work this year. If you would like to learn more about the Easter Seals Work Adjustment Center you can contact them at 229-439-7061.

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