Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center help regain independence in those with barriers

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 6:02 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - WTVY and United Way are partnering together for the 2020 Pacesetter Kickoff Friday, July 31st. Gearing up for this event we are spotlighting agencies who benefit from WUW.

Their mission is to give those with vocational barriers the independence they strive for.

Their way of doing this is simple.

“A job that they can call theirs that they can go to everyday,” said Paul Lee - Executive director of Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center

The Wiregrass Rehabilitation center has over 12 different jobs with over 200 employees.

From laundry to a paper shredding business, their services do not stop there.

They help individuals gain jobs outside the world of WRC.

“We are looking for jobs for people out in the community last year we placed somewhere between 125 to 150 people to work out in the community,” said Lee.

While gaining their independence is rewarding, it is also a special moment for those behind the scene.

“You start seeing them walk differently hold their head up and they realize you know i am somebody and so that is what we are here for,” Lee said.

However, they credit their success back to those who help them the most, The United Way.

“Yearly they are able to give us money and then some of our challenge grants that we’ve gotten in the past been very fortunate we’ve bought equipment that helped in the laundry that’s able to help expand our business and put more people to work,” said Lee.

The Pacesetter Kickoff will be held from 6AM till 6:30PM at the Wiregrass United Way. The event is a drive-thru food drive. You are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable foods.

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