On Kalamazoo Mall, MRC Artworks looks like any other art gallery. It’s got acrylic paintings, jewelry, and pottery. But MRC doesn’t just sell art—it provides jobs for about 60 people living with disabilities or mental illness.
Three employees of The Arc of Calhoun County have been placed on administrative leave. A May 6 statement on behalf of the organization’s board of trustees announced Kim Hommerding, executive director; Loretta Fuller, finance director; and program coordinator Chuck Lamson are on administrative leave for “an unknown amount of time.” The reasoning for the move has not been disclosed by the organization or its board of trustees. (Battle Creek Enquirer)
According to a recent state survey, only eighteen percent of those with developmental disabilities in Michigan are employed. Others tend to end up with piecemeal jobs that pay below the minimum wage. The Arc Community Advocates group is hosting an Inclusion Conference on Monday, April 20th at Western Michigan University to spotlight the issue. The conference will specifically focus on the transition from school to work for those with disabilities. WMUK’s Robbie Feinberg spoke with Arc Executive Director Ellen Stone to learn more.
WMUK's on-air interview with the Arc Community Advocates' Ellen Stone