Mosaic helps people with intellectual disabilities start careers

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 gave people with disabilities a better shot at starting a career, and now, a local non-profit is continuing that mission to help people in the Grand Valley get their start in the workplace.

"They're just as eager and willing to get out there into the work force," said Tamara Capp, community relations manager at Mosaic. "You know it's part of the American dream."

Jobs allow people with disabilities to gain independence and have a better quality of life, Capp said.

"It makes them feel really, really good about themselves, just like any other people," she said.

Matt Miller has been working for Walgreens for seven years doing stocking, getting carts for customers and more. He said he feels like it's his second family.

"Walgreens is our home," Miller said. "Walgreens family is counting on us to be with them "

Miller's co-workers agree he is an integral part of the Walgreens staff.

"We're a great team," said Angela Jakopic, a Walgreen store manager. "We like to offer anyone a position. We help them improve and succeed in what they're trying to do."

Mosaic not only coordinates jobs for its clients, but it also finds host families for people with intellectual disabilities to live with and provides daytime activities.

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