The special work of Ozanam Industries
|Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the voluntary Sector, Beverley Kerr, Chair, Provisional Board of St Vincent de Paul NSW State Council, Bishop Terry Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and John Alexander Member for Bennelong.|
By Lisa Garland
The St Vincent De Paul Society has many well formed programs which are designed to help those who are in need. Amongst these is the special work of Ozanam Industries.
Ozanam Industries is strongly committed to enhancing the lives of people with a disability by providing meaningful work in a supported work environment. Over 100 Australians with a disability undertake jobs including mail fulfillment, assembly of show bags and packaging bulk items.
On 12 October 2010, Ozanam Industries West Ryde celebrated the blessing and commissioning of their newly refurbished premises yesterday. Many gathered for this celebration including government representative, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Terry Brady, customers and the parents, carers and advocates of the supported employees.
Karen Gelb, a supported employee of Ozanam Industries has been working there for 18 years. Karen was born with Prader Willi Syndrome, a complex genetic conditioned characterized by neurological impairments, resulting in an altered pattern of growth and development with associated overeating. Such symptoms make staying in one work place for a long period very difficult.
Karen’s mother, Judith, is extremely grateful for the opportunities Ozanam Industries has provided for her daughter. “We were absolutely delighted when Ozanam Industries offered Karen a job. Karen enjoys working there with her friends, but more importantly, it really boosts her self-esteem to be able to have work to go to every day” says Judith.Rod Silber, Business Development Manager for Ozanam Industries said “the newly furbished Work Centre means that we can continue to provide meaningful job opportunities, training and support in a more comfortable and larger environment”, with the additional warehouse space allowing them to accept larger jobs.
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