Lakeside Curative Services wishes the Racine community peace and joy as we enter a new year. The year 2017 was an outstanding year for LCS and much of this success was directly attributable to our friends and partners within our community.

Over the year more local businesses were receptive to diversifying their workforce through hiring individuals with disabilities. In partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), this factor resulted in significantly more LCS participants obtaining community employment. Equally important was the fact that new volunteer sites were developed that gave participants the chance to give back to their community while learning new skills and enjoying the personal satisfaction of helping others.

LCS participants also engaged in community-based classes alongside other community members that resulted in individuals expanding their skills in a variety of important areas. Multiple job tours took place, as well, that provided participants with information about the multitude of career opportunities available in our community.

All of these occurrences support LCS’ mission of “providing training and community engagement for youth and adults with varying abilities to enhance their self-esteem and quality of life.” On behalf of LCS, thank you to the Racine community for all of the wonderful opportunities that you have extended to LCS participants. LCS is hopeful that as new businesses come into the Racine area that those businesses will make hiring individuals with disabilities a key priority.

In 2017 LCS participants partnered with Racine’s Ascension Healthcare as volunteers. With the help of volunteer services director Cindy Clemens and volunteer coordinator Sandy Wahl, LCS participants were provided opportunities to work on special projects such as fundraisers and the Holiday Tree raffle. These opportunities allowed LCS members to gain confidence and independence.

In addition to special projects, LCS members were given opportunities to work in the Ascension gift shops, thanks to gift shop manager Patricia Wolff. There, LCS participants learned customer service skills along with retail skills such as operating the cash register.

LCS is grateful for the opportunities Ascension Racine has provided, and looks forward to a continued partnership in 2018 and beyond. It is important to note that one of the LCS volunteers that engaged with Ascension further developed her self-confidence and other skills resulting in her obtaining employment in the health care field.

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