Agency Seeks Jobs For Retarded

May 23, 1991|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer

It's an unconventional housewarming party, a midday cheese-and-crackers fete to woo the business crowd.

Instead of asking the guests to bring a plant or fondue kit, Opportunity Builders Inc. wants them to give a job.

The non-profit vocational training program for the mentally retarded is having an open house today from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to solicit more contracts with local companies.

Business owners will be givena tour of the organization's new home in Hanover and asked for packaging and assembly contracts, said Vickie Callahan, director of operations.

Opportunity Builders still is struggling to offset the loss of a major, $100,000 contract last spring, Callahan said. Although the agency has netted several contracts since then, it still is seekingmore work for its 75 clients.

"At this time last year, we were hurting big time," Callahan said. "We've made up some of the lost ground, but we're still behind."

The group has provided training, employment and job placement for adults with mental retardation, cerebral palsy and epilepsy for 28 years. Opportunity Builders has contracts with about 20 companies but hopes to expand its roster this year, he said.

The agency headquarters is at 7509 Connelly Drive in Hanover.

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