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Lake County awards participants in disabled worker program

RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2006

CLERMONT — On July 28, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners presented awards to local businesses that together with SunriseArc, a local agency serving adults with developmental disabilities, are training and assisting individuals with special needs find and maintain employment through the Jobs Growth Investment (JGI) Trust Fund Program.

South Lake Connector South Lake Connector Lake County Commissioner Bob Pool (right in both photos) presents $3,000 checks and framed resolutions to (top) Julia Besch, program participant, and Saul DaConceicao, Wal-Mart Store Manager, and (above) Candi Rounds, McDonald’s Store Manager.
Commissioner Bob Pool presented checks for $3,000 and framed resolutions to Wal-Mart of Clermont and McDonald’s of Groveland for the companies’ participation in the unique program.

“I appreciate what these two businesses give to the community,” Pool said. “We applaud them for their help with hiring people with special needs.”

According to Greg Mihalic, Director of the Lake County Department of Tourism and Business Relations, the Lake County Industrial Development Authority and SunriseArc Inc. founded the JGI Program for workers with disabilities in 2005.

“This program helps empower people with developmental disabilities by finding them employment opportunities,” Mihalic said.

The JGI Trust Fund from the Lake County Board of Commissioners rewards businesses which employ individuals with special needs through SunriseArc’s Supported Employment Program for at least 90 days with $3,000. The program is run throughout Lake County and helps match potential employees with employers. There are currently more than a dozen companies participating in the program. Wal-Mart of Clermont and McDonald’s of Groveland were two of the first businesses to participate.

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