One Story About How Handi-Crafters Empowers Individuals with Disabilities to Live More Productive Lives

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Michael was named Giant's Associate of the Month for February.

Editor’s Note: March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time for raising awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of life and about the barriers that they still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Each year, Handi-Crafters, a Thorndale-based nonprofit, helps more than 400 individuals access rewarding employment opportunities in the community and in its Skill Development Center. Below is the story of one of those 400 people.

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In June 2013, Michael joined Handi-Crafters – a nonprofit in Thorndale that empowers individuals with disabilities to live more independent, productive, and fulfilling lives – and since then, his peers and colleagues have enjoyed being around him.

A hard worker who is a bright spot within his workshop and a joy to be around, Michael was considered for community employment through Handi-Crafters’ Job Placement Office. Prior to COVID-19, he worked at Handi-Crafters’ workshops three days a week, and at Giant, where he bagged groceries, for two days a week.

Since becoming a crucial part of Giant’s team, Michael has stepped up, shown his skills, and become a five-days-a-week, essential employee. When Handi-Crafters had to close, Michael took it upon himself to request more hours, and more responsibility. He is now on the job for the collection and redistribution of shopping carts.

Michael’s co-workers and bosses have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. He is a hard worker and his dedication to his job and bettering himself earned him the Associate of the Month Award for February.

Learn more about Handi-Crafters.

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