San Antonio, TX, November 04, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Enable America, a non-profit organization devoted to improving employment opportunities for disabled veterans and all people with disabilities, is expanding operations into San Antonio this month.
“Our programs have been proven to build bridges between people with disabilities and employers, and we’re proud to bring them to San Antonio,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of Enable America. “Given the area’s strong military presence, our increased attention to improving employment for wounded warriors comes at the right time.”
Enable America provides many services, but is focusing this month on helping disabled veterans find employment. In conjunction with Veteran’s Day, the organization has declared November to be Disabled Veteran Employment Mentoring Month, and will focus its efforts on organizing on-the-job mentoring programs specifically for disabled veterans.
One San Antonio company is already onboard. Clark Construction is organizing a mentoring program for disabled veterans that will be held on Veterans Day, November 11th, at the company’s San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) offices located at Ft. Sam Houston.
“Clark is very committed to working with Enable America and helping promote jobs and mentoring disabled veterans because they give so much to our country,” said John Omran, Executive Vice President of Clark Construction. “It is our duty to give back and do whatever we can to help provide opportunities, and show that life, opportunities and jobs are out there.”
“For a person with a disability, who has trouble finding a job, going to work for just a single day can be a tremendously rewarding experience, an experience that many of us take for granted,” Salem said. “We look forward to working with great companies like Clark Construction, as well as others who understand how important this is.”
Enable America has now begun contacting San Antonio businesses and service organizations, looking for those who want to serve as both mentors to disabled veterans, as well as wounded warriors who want to take part in the upcoming mentoring programs. The group is using November and Veterans Day as a starting point for what will be an ongoing drive to improve employment opportunities.
“While this is the right time to begin this initiative, we won’t limit our outreach to just November,” said Steve LaBour, Executive Director of Enable America. “We coordinate employment mentoring year-round, and we’ll continue to reach out to all people with disabilities who need assistance in getting back into the work force.”
Businesses that want to participate, as well as disabled veterans and other people with disabilities, are encouraged to contact Enable America through its web site, EnableAmerica.org, or by calling the group toll free at 1-877-ENABLED (1-877-362-2533).
About Enable America: Enable America was established in 2002 by attorney Richard Salem as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities find employment and live independently. The organization’s Community Connections, Business Connections, and VetConnect programs unite members of the disability community and business community to raise awareness and increase employment opportunities for the 54 million Americans with disabilities, including our nation’s wounded warriors.