Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., in Sarasota, Florida recently expanded the Haven Industries program by signing a new work contract with United Natural Foods Incorporated. Eight Haven Industry clients will be transported daily to the United Foods Sarasota Distribution Center to perform general warehouse duties. UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States.
“Community Haven is excited to be able to offer differently abled persons such amazing job experiences.” says President and CEO Marla Doss. The clients will work as teams in a warehouse (over 950,000 square feet) and do what is called “down stacking”. This is a process where they move product from the rear of pallets to the front of pallets to ensure a safe environment for the pickers that gather the product. They will also sweep and mop various areas. Brad Jones, Vice President of Operations at Community Haven states “UNFI is giving them the same perks they would give their own employees, like an onsite gym, discounted food, and company picnics. This is a wonderful opportunity for our agency.” Thank you to United Natural Foods.
About Community Haven
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., is a sixty-year-old, community-based human service agency. MISSION STATEMENT: Through the support of the community and the generosity of its donors, Community Haven empowers independence and inclusion in all aspects of society for children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities by meeting their needs for therapy, education, socialization, housing, fitness, vocational training, job placement, and recreation. VISION STATEMENT: Our vision is that all people with disabilities have good health; the fullest measure of success with school; aloving home; meaningful work; and unity with family, friends, and the community. This is achieved by creating solutions with specialized services/programs that change the lives of consumers, enabling them to become educated, self-sufficient, responsible, community members involved in all aspects of everyday life. The organization fosters and promotes equal opportunities, a better quality of life, and full involvement in the community for those served.