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Whitsons Awarded Employment in the Community Award by Community Access Unlimited

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Elizabeth NJ, April 6th, 2017- Whitsons Culinary Group was awarded the Employment in Community Award by Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a statewide nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.

 

Team member and Food Service Director from the Irvington School District, Krystal Tanner, accepted the award on behalf of Whitsons at CAU’s 2017 Awards Night Celebration.

 

Whitsons employs three CAU members that are food service workers at Irvington High School that help to feed 700 students daily by preparing food, serving meals, cleaning and handling other responsibilities.

 

"We are very pleased with the team members," said Krystal, who noted the CAU members are extremely reliable and very invested. "Although our initial intention was to provide encouragement and support, their presence and spirit provided us with inspiration."

 

"These award recipients help CAU fulfill our mission of enabling people with disabilities and at-risk youth to live independently within the community," said Sid Blanchard, CAU executive director. "Their partnerships with us are invaluable."

 

Pictured are: Craig Whitcomb, Reginald Lamptey, Krystal Tanner,Kelly friend, John Koutras, Shantena Fleming of Community Access Unlimited, Christal Smith,Susan Brown,

Front row left to right: Makalia Bridgman, and Natoyah.

 

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. To learn more visit www.caunj.org.