HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania — Whole life servicesa service provider for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, celebrated its 20th anniversary this month by hosting a dinner at the Avalon Golf and Country Club in Buhl Park.
The recognition event honored 19 businesses and organizations for their employment of people with disabilities and their community involvement.
“We honor them as ‘Champions of Inclusion’ because they involve people with disabilities in their programs, engage them as volunteers, or provide employment opportunities for them,” said Cindy Vogan, CEO of Whole Life Services. “By hiring and employing people with disabilities, these businesses build valuable relationships that benefit all members of the community. »
Vogan said that as a service provider, she wanted to recognize members of the community who support people with disabilities and was especially excited to honor this year’s champions of inclusion as part of the celebration.
Those who have received the Whole Life Champions of Inclusion Community Engagement Awards include: Buhl Club, Buhl Park, Community Food Warehouse, Cornerhouse Christian Food Pantry, DK Studio, Fresh Grounds, Laurel Technical Institute, Prince of Peace, Robert Lark of Mercer County Historical Society, Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce and Tails of Hope.
Recipients of the Inclusion Champions for Jobs awards include Black Out Burger, Burger King, Fabian Cleaning, Glancy’s Lawn Care, SBDC, Toss’d and Weber Catering. Staff members Martin Clark and Marta Gill were also recognized for their years of work at Whole Life Services.
Whole Life Services opened in September 2001 with three staff and one patient. It has grown into a multi-million dollar business with 115 employees and serving 100 adults.
Whole Life supports a variety of small businesses that provide employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These companies include Studio C, CustomTees, It’Sweet, Get2Work Productions, The Whole Shebang and FabLab.
Additionally, Whole Life opened a greenhouse to grow fresh produce, plants and flowers for sale, in conjunction with the Culinary Program run by the Laurel Technical Institute.
Pictured: State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Pa., presents a certificate of recognition to Whole Life Services CEO Cindy Vogan.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.