The Carpenter’s Shelter received the Awareness Award, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore was recognized with the Hiring Award. The Carpenter’s Shelter has served the homeless in Alexandria for 30 years. The population includes people with a variety of physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities. They have been working to ensure that their facilities will effectively serve those who need housing. The Professional Development Program for employees is designed to help grow the skills needed to serve those with disabilities.
The Hiring Award is given to businesses committed to hiring persons with disabilities or aiding in their career advancement. Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a group of non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new or gently used furniture, appliances, and accessories. ReStore assists volunteers with disabilities by teaching the skills necessary in retail sales that can be used in mainstream establishments. Mentors are made available in this safe and supportive environment.
In addition, Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy at the Arc of Northern Virginia was awarded the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award (which is endowed by John’s sister, Susan Collins), and Ja’Nae Corbin picked up the Gerry Bertier Scholarship Award.