Clark Hunt Construction Helps Disabled Veterans in San Antonio
Enable America works to improve employment for disabled veterans and people with disabilities. Clark Hunt Construction is supporting this cause in San Antonio by hosting an employment mentoring session for disabled veterans at its Brooke Army Medical Center construction site at Ft. Sam Houston.
“Clark Hunt Construction continues to lead the way in helping disabled veterans re-engage with the workforce,” said Enable America’s Executive Director, Steve LaBour. “They were the first company to provide mentoring in San Antonio during Enable America’s Disabled Veterans Employment Mentoring Month last November, and this latest effort shows they continue to work toward maintaining a diverse workforce and improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Enable America’s mentoring program is designed to give people with disabilities real-life work experience that can lead to employment. The organization matches mentor companies, such as Clark Hunt Construction, with mentees from the community, people with disabilities or wounded veterans who often have difficulty finding work.
This latest effort will be conducted at Clark Hunt’s Brooke Army Medical Center expansion project at Fort Sam Houston, on Thursday, May 20. 13 disabled veterans will be matched up with workers from the company, spending the day observing and learning various skills that can help them find employment, sometimes with Clark Hunt’s own sub-contractors.
“The November mentoring program is proof these programs work,” LaBour said. “In conjunction with the Enable America program last fall, Navy veteran Keith Ferguson was interviewed and then hired by a sub-contractor, JSR Inc. He reported for work the following Monday.”
“I think this is probably the best situation for me,” Ferguson said upon being hired. “It's a small company, but busy. It fell in line with my military background; it's like a win-win situation.”
In addition to supporting Enable America’s initiative by hosting mentoring sessions, Clark Hunt recently supported the cause by donating the proceeds of its Spring Golf Outing to expansion of the program in San Antonio. During last week’s event at the Silverhorn Golf Club, each foursome included a disabled veteran.
“Clark Hunt believes as we do that the men and women who have sacrificed for our country cannot be forgotten during these challenging economic times,” Salem said. “Employment mentoring is the first step in helping many people with valuable skills get back into the work force. Enable America is truly grateful for their continued support and contributions to this cause.”
San Antonio businesses that want to hold similar mentoring events for disabled military veterans, as well as people with disabilities who want to participate in Enable America events, 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.