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"The Rewards Of Work"
September 30, 2003

AUBURN, WASHINGTON--Monday's King County Journal featured a story about supported employment for adults with developmental disabilities, and Trillium, an agency that has matched workers with jobs for the past 20 years.

The article gives a pat on the back to Trillium, along with the more than 60 businesses that currently employ people served through the program.

It also salutes the workers themselves, including Herb Bartlett, the first person Trillium placed in a supported employment position. Bartlett still works at Medtronic Physio-Control Inc., delivering mail and helping with production.

In spite of the economic troubles in the region, Trillium has had its best year, matching 27 people with jobs.

"People with developmental disabilities are people, too," said Trillium's founder Lee Valenta. "Whenever it's possible, they need to be working in the community along with everyone else."

Related article:
"The rewards of work" (King County Journal)


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