Flourish of Cullman, Inc. named AL-APSE Agency of the Year

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Flourish of Cullman, Inc. received the AL-APSE Agency of the Year award at the APSE conference in Montgomery.  Shown left to right are Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw, Flourish Executive Director Melissa Dew and AL- APSE President Byron White.  (Photo courtesy of Flourish of Cullman)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Flourish of Cullman, Inc. a local service that works with State of Alabama Vocational Rehabilitation Services to help people with developmental disabilities find employment, was recognized this week by the Alabama Association for People in Supported Employment (AL-APSE) as Agency of the Year.

Flourish Executive Director Melissa Dew told The Tribune Friday afternoon, “The criteria for it was that, you know, what do you do to go above and beyond what a person needs.  Really, the only thing that Vocational Rehab requires us to do is to job coach and help them find jobs. But we realized that, if a person cannot communicate with others or get along with others, that’s a barrier to employment.  We do social gatherings for them once a week, where they are planning the activities, and we’re doing things out in the community. We also do life coaching, so if they want to live independently in Cullman, we help them through life coaching develop a vision for their life and where they want it to be in five years.”

Flourish offers a wide range of services for persons of all ages involved in vocational rehabilitation who are seeking employment, including a new Job Exploration Training (JET) program for high school students.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/flourishofcullmaninc/ or www.flourishofcullman.com/.

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