Genesis Development is honoring this month as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) which is designed to focus on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. disabilities. The 2013 NDEAM theme – Because We are Equal to the Task – speaks volumes about the value people with disabilities offer businesses nationwide and emphasizes the capable work force that is available in communities that have Genesis work programs. This is also a time for Genesis to recognize all those businesses that have invested in an employee with a disability and have given them the opportunity to take another step closer to personal independence. Genesis currently assists individuals working in community jobs in Perry, Adel, Winterset, Jefferson, Panora, Boone, Indianola, and Storm Lake. This does not include the many individuals who have been in Genesis programs, secured community employment, and increased their skills and independence to the point that they no longer need to rely on Genesis for assistance. Dallas County employers currently providing employment opportunities include the Perry Healthcare Center, McDonald’s in Waukee, Fuller’s Gas Station in Adel, the Waukee YMCA, and Hy-Vee. Employer’s providing opportunities for work experiences through career exploration programs for high school students in Perry include the Perry Lutheran Home, Orschlen Farm and Home, New Hope Bargain Village, The Firehouse, St. Patrick’s School, Perry Child Development Center, and Genesis Mental Health.

For more information about giving a person with a disability an employment or career exploration opportunity, contact Jesse Akers, Job Placement Manager at 515-729-2852 or email Akers can also provide information about contracted labor options.

For information about Genesis Residential Services contact Christa Larsen at 515-465-7565 or email