Friendship's The Pyramid Vol 1, Issue 1


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Partnering with you for the future, a newsletter for all stakeholders. Missy Blankenship, Editor

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Friendship's The Pyramid Vol 1, Issue 1

  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 1 Winter 2005/Spring 2006 Message from the President Welcome to the first edition of Friendship’s newsletter! We are excited to introduce our inaugural issue and hope that you will find it informative and useful. You will discover that we have many exciting things going on in rehabilitative services and our commercial division. We are very proud of how far we have come since our humble beginnings in a chicken hatchery over forty years ago! The support we have received from the local community has enabled us to serve more people with disabilities and progress from a sheltered workshop to a diverse not-for-profit business providing jobs for persons with disabilities in mail services, packaging, light manufacturing, and more. If there is a feature you would like to see in our newsletter, please contact us at 540- 434-9586 or We look forward to your input. Dave Flick, President Katrina, Friendship: One Man’s Story Accompanying a party of six from The Lake Charles is located near the Gulf of Brethren Church’s Shenandoah Mexico. The hot weather was a bonus in District Response Unit, our own “clean- December, “It was 85 degrees during up expert” Warren Cooper traveled to the day and we went swimming after Lake Charles, Louisiana for two weeks work”. to help Hurricane Katrina victims clear Warren is not finished with his Hurricane brush and split wood. story yet. He hopes to return for another Many homes were destroyed by the two week clean-up effort soon. hurricane. Warren found the We are all very proud of Warren, his work widespread damage hard to believe. ethic, and the way he extends Friendship Many local families lived in temporary to those in need. Way to go, Warren! FEMA trailers while working to rebuild homes and community. Warren stayed By Laura Wine, Customer Service Rep in a church parsonage during his visit. People everywhere were warm and appreciative of the volunteers. Volunteering is hard work, but Warren is not one to shy away from working hard. Warren reported long workdays but managed a little time for fun, too. When asked about his favorite part, he replied, “The Cajun food, meeting nice people and holding a baby alligator.”
  2. 2. Page 2 Commercial Operations News As with many previous years, 2006 As for now, we are training clients begins at a very slow pace. Most of and production staff in preparation our customers are experiencing the for work on the horizon. same slow periods in this time frame. Charlie Meadows By Gina Miller, Production Supervisor We are blessed with many clamshell Supported Employment packaging orders. We have several Success Story new projects expected to begin late February and run through the spring. After nearly 18 years, Charlie Meadows will begin a new job Manufacturing orders remain steady in the community. Charlie which creates work for people on an began working at Friendship in on-going basis. A new cutting table July 1988 and has worked on has been purchased and set up for end caps, palletizing, our new federal government contract. polybagging, handwork, disk There are still some “bugs” to work and CD packaging, bottles and out before it’s put into full production. material handling. Recently Charlie has provided cleaning assistance and been respon- sible for the office shredding. “I like earning a paycheck and I’ve got more confidence in Rehabilitative Services News myself now. Friendship taught me that companies need What We Do In Supported Employment people to be reliable, dependable, and to accurately follow directions.” While Charlie is excited about his new position as a Sally Kiser receives her 5-Year merchandise sorter in a Service Award from Hardee’s. Harrisonburg retail store, he will miss his friends and has this advice, “just keep going and work hard towards your goal and you’ll get it.” Supported Employment specializes in employer and recruitment services, bringing dedicated employees Rehab Engineering solutions, and together with progressive businesses. sensitivity training to staff, all at no Friendship has been providing fee to the employer. Supported Employment Services to For more information about Shenandoah Valley employers since Supported Employment Services, 1988. call Friendship at (540) 434-9536 Friendship’s Job Coaches work one- or visit our website at on-one with persons with disabilities through the job application process, interview process, and with job By Patricia Craft, HR Manager training, follow-up and support. The Job Coach also respects the employer’s bottom line, providing
  3. 3. Page 3 Development & Public Relations News About Us LionShop & Share Program Friendship Industries develops and at (540) 434-9137 and providing maintains employment and training your name and card number or opportunities for persons with visiting the Food Lion website at disabilities in integrated work Click on environments. “LionShop and Share” in the blue Founded in 1964, Friendship is an Friendship Industries has enrolled box on the left, then select Employment Services Organization, in Food Lion’s LionShop & Share “Register MVP Cards”. a combination of a business program. This is an easy, Remember to shop Food Lion and enterprise and not-for-profit convenient way to support scan your MVP card. This program organization. We train persons Friendship! Each time you use your doesn’t interfere with your MVP with disabilities to place them in MVP card at Food Lion, a portion of discounts and no MVP product has jobs within the community. your total grocery purchase will be to be purchased to participate. donated to Friendship. Friendship also trains and employs Thank You! people without disabilities to work Please help us by linking your MVP side-by-side within our commercial card and shopping at Food Lion. By Missy Stover, Director of Development operations as a unified, Link your MVP card by calling Missy consolidated workforce. Stover in the Development Office Yes, I would like to support Friendship’s mission of providing employment and training opportunities to disabled persons with a gift of ___$25 ___$50 ___$100 _____other. Name Address City State Zip Phone # ____________________ Email ______________________ Employer _____________________ Job Title My employer will match my gift!
  4. 4. NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT 161 HARRISONBURG, VA North Pointe Corporate Center 801 Friendship Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540.434-9586 800.777.9586 Toll Free eb the W com tries. on We’re us -Ind dship rien ww.F w Putting Friendship to work for you! To receive this newsletter via email and help us save valuable resources, please call (540) 434-9586 or email us at Friendship Industries develops and maintains employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities in integrated work environments.