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AT&T donates to ARC of EA to support work-training programs

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The ARC of East Ascension announced a $1,500 contribution from AT&T to help purchase new equipment and update their job training space. The mission of the Arc of East Ascension, the oldest and largest nonprofit agency based in Ascension Parish, is to see a future for people with disabilities that is all-inclusive and ensures a quality of life through education, employment, family/community involvement, housing, recreation, and access to services.

“The Arc of East Ascension gives individuals with developmental disabilities the chance to learn valuable work skills and earn an income,” stated State Representative Johnny Berthelot. “The jobs that the participants learn and perform on a regular basis not only promote well-being and independence, but also provide our local businesses with dependable, productive and stable workers who are able and eager to perform a variety of jobs in the community.”

Some of the work training programs include janitorial services, lawn and grounds maintenance, retail and retail support, restaurant support, grocery store/wholesale support and others.

“We appreciate the support of State Representative Johnny Berthelot and our corporate allies,” stated Norma Dukes, Executive Director, ARC of East Ascension. “In addition to our training and support program that gives individuals with disabilities the dignity and self-esteem resulting from valued, meaningful work, the day habilitation programs at The Arc of East Ascension allows individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn and maintain various life and social skills by being involved in community outings and activities to help them learn and sustain these important skills.”

“AT&T is committed to building, strengthening and enhancing the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve,” said Berry Balfour, AT&T Louisiana Regional Director of External Affairs.