Letter: Look here, not all is gloom-and-doomFinding meaningful work experiences for cognitively delayed individuals is often a difficult task.
By: Carol Stephan, River Falls, River Falls Journal
Finding meaningful work experiences for cognitively delayed individuals is often a difficult task.
Dave Johnson, owner of River Falls Ace Hardware, has made that possible for a worker, Kevin Gelle, from ProAct in Hudson.
Ace Hardware got some extra help, and Kevin Gelle got three months of valuable work experience.
Says Johnson: “It’s a great way for people to learn,” and Gelle adds, “I love it.” According to ProAct vocational specialist Jennifer Malm, “Every single staff member here has been amazing with him.”
Johnson also makes it possible for Mandy Wittig to bring students from the high school special education class to work at the store and grounds.
In a time when so much of our news is gloom-and-doom, it’s nice to hear about people and businesses making good things happen.
Hats off to Dave Johnson and his amazing staff at Ace Hardware!