Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy Events

 Finding Good Work: Stories from Lynn Breedlove
finding good work for people with developmental disabilities…

Monday, April 20
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Social Hall
520 Washington Avenue

Refreshments will be served

for more information or to rsvp, click here, or call us at 912-236-5798.

Lynn Breedlove was the Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) from 1980 to 2011 where he advocated for increasing community employment for people with disabilities. He belives that for many people, successful employment is the key that opens many doors: establishing an “occupational identity”, making new friends on the job, increasing self esteem, achieving economic independence, and more.

After leaving DRW, he has been consulting, training, and leading strategic planning. One interesting project he was involved in was a series of interviews of “successfully employed” people with  disabilities in Wisconsin in 2014: people working in community jobs that they like, doing well on the job, and earning more than minimum wage. So he has some great employment stories to tell and he also noticed some striking cause-and-effect patterns of how people got those jobs, which could help people who are still looking for a good job.
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: 37th Anniversary Covered Dish Supper and Celebration
Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Savannah Station, 601 Cohen Street

5:30 – 6:30 Appetizers, Beverages and Music by SOAP on the Patio
6:30 – 7:30 The Biggest and Best Covered Dish Supper in Chatham County
7:30 – 8:30 Home Grown Good News: Stories from Citizen Advocates

Bring your family and friends and a big covered dish to share (or $5 at the door). Children are welcome! For more information or to rsvp, click here or call us at 912-236-5798.

 

What is citizen advocacy?

We invite local people to step up and become voluntary citizen advocates on behalf of individual people with developmental disabilities who are living hard lives.

We make 10-20 new citizen advocacy matches each year and offer support and ongoing training opportunities to 100 ongoing citizen advocacy matches.

We use words like “spokesperson, ally, mentor, red tape cutter, opportunity maker, friend” to describe some of the different ways that people connect with one another.

We believe that responsible personal action by citizens on behalf of other citizens is the basis of a good community and a good society. Some would call this a sign of a “beloved community.” Some people say that they see the beloved community come to life when they attend our Annual Covered Dish Supper each May when 350 people from all walks of life come together, caring, cooking and sharing in the spirit of solidarity. This event is a wonderful way to learn more about citizen advocacy and we would love for you to attend next year if you are able. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 14th from 5:30 – 8:30 and help us build a beloved community!

“The beloved community is not a utopia, but a place where the barriers between people gradually come down and where the citizens make a constant effort to address even the most difficult problems of ordinary people. It is above all else an idealistic community.” — Reverend Jim Lawson

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