Feb 19, 2017|
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
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Ruin a look and united way live united I'm Jerry Westerfield and Jordan media day I am so proud and pleased to welcome guest in from the arc of greater New Orleans. Oh look at the program doctor Stephen Sauer who is the executive director of the arc of Gino welcome thank you Gerri good to be here I'm glad you're here are joining us today. Also a nickel Blair who is the director of our enterprises welcome back mr. go hide your chair it's nice seats nice to see you and Margie Perez who is our Mardi Gras bead re cycle coordinator and other acts as well. Is it appropriate description as very impressed. I'm not wearing I had at the moment thank you very different can't come back with. All of you who are Jody is today first of all wanna thank you. And let me go to united way of southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity to eradicate poverty in our region. Where is strategically investing in programs. Initiatives collaborations. And Africa's efforts to meet our community's greatest needs we have a bold vision of equitable communities where are all individuals are healthy. Educated and economically stable and that's Jefferson Orleans plot commencing Bernard. Saint Tammany attached to hoe and Washington parishes and our friends are they may even extend bee Yond. Those parameters. About arc of Juno is committed to securing for all people with intellectual disabilities. The opportunity to develop function and live to their fullest potential and steal our doctors our minutes are run off with you because. That seems to fit beautifully in with a blueprint for prosperity. Because heroes vulnerable citizens. And getting opportunity for education and building of skill sets and the possibility for employment. Actually Terry. I think got a community is. Thriving when the most vulnerable are also thriving and that's what we're trying to do is make sure that those who needle like action assistance. Get it and find their place to society have a the fullest like possible. Art is something that we hear about it's been around for many decades now note start out as small and it's. Grown but it is still such an important important part of our community can you just kind of refresh the memories for folks listening today. About some of the origins and where you are right now sure so arc started here in 1953. And it was always start across the country always grassroots families of people who had intellectual disabilities. Eight banding together and trying to figure out how to help their people live better lives and pull allies. So we started he aired arc of greater New Orleans. As hadn't come to many iterations. But at this point of we sort of were reborn after Katrina like many people we had. Tons of devastation. And so we had sort of rebuilt from the boot from the bottom up. And we use that opportunity sort of re imagine ourselves. To improve our services. Two. Sort of begin in areas which we have fifteen years later sort of become. Coming territory for most arcs across the country brewers are leaders in that area. It's we find ourselves today. With about 250 employees serving about 700 people. And Jeffs in Orleans saint Tammany Saint Bernard and pat package marriages. A yard we have some of the similar footprint than a million or serving. But he's so remarkable and this ever want Margie Ander COLT who weighed because collectively the three you and your colleagues do so much. For so many and that jobs are always interest to leave the skill training. I went kind of odd looking into cold yes but we're talking Marshall bit because. Because I'm hearing it's a whole part of carnival. And when you think of carnival and Mardi Gras and all the goes with that. Throw me something new this stuff or in this case mistress I'm not sure bid to beat beads and more beads. And you can get them act. The arc. Yes they are Mardi Gras recycling. And division we we recycled aides who the heck not. You have the people donate the beads to us throughout the year is the year long operation and now where kicking into these selling mode where wheat we. All of our employees. With disabilities sort the beads throughout the year and then people coming by and I think we've sorted. And so this coming year it's it really is it's crazy. Yeah. I'm surprised to see there was usually gonna take time off it is so wonderful ice usually volunteer groups are even folks that Riyadh away work where it. Are companies that support us and support you and people love to interact with the the arc folks in and watch seeing. The work that they do and the smiles on the faces an act and what. That is a little bit dirty work when you see all those beads in the sorting in the Khalili and giving them already be shiny and sparkly and thrown again this year. I we we recycle the 175000. Pounds apiece while our. And we are on track to do even more we got probably twice the amount of donations. We got last year yet this year. And so where are working hard and going through them and and you know people who are. Riding in the parades. They come to us and we've got everything would be stuffed animals trinkets you name it becomes up afloat we've got it. We repackage it. And hopefully get thrown again. And donated and thrown again until I hit a I would think we always talk about putting little I am well tracking things on like they do it where they've been out of a. And if we get any of those people back. Well Marjorie that the big hurry to really starting to kind of be a role in earnest. How many of these 175000. Pounds you left. I would know crew captains are there any individuals. Arthur still reached a common purchase yes yes there are we even even if we sell out of what we've sorted. We still have boxes that donations that we let people to kind of make their own and we do a matter dollar pound. And we still have a lot of that left me. And what people like giving out you know well well well this gives the bag and thrown in the back Grunin and what walked back there and LB. You know especially if there with. People they're like throwing things at each other and thought I haven't really great time and that's how it is when people volunteer weather is also look at it it's a lot of science and you know. Companies will do you like a team building exercise. Or something you know they'll have people come in it it's a really fun but you're you're working hard but you don't know it because you're surrounded by Al these shiny things. And it's via its it's it's it's fun to whip what is the big catches is still long curls or so yeah yeah opera that's what. Most people come in and ask for that and stuffed animals. Yeah it's always the yet and people people love love the growth well when you're talking about the tracking device and change the senator cult that's just from the unit. The arc kind of I think pioneering in terms of trying to go agree yes yeah going green and purple and gold. I'm not not not for your courage and goodness every regular sure it's in a business. This stuff what if it gets thrown away it's not gonna break down in our landfills. In our lifetime. And I was jokes saying that income in the end it'll just be cockroaches and Mardi Gras beads. An up and yeah. That's very true and so we try to at least you know give give these another cycle of life. And I could they'd love just like they do in New Orleans stories and you know we and be even banned. Some of the beads so it's in makes it easier for the for the writers on the floats in. And you know what we're not trying to take away any business from from the crews or from that the big box stores because. All of our stuff is you know it's donated manager of fund raiser. So it's for a good cause but usually your company do you employ than how many of your our clients and don't kind of vacillate type one had been amateurs in that Ghali now but. Again it it. If I've ever seen people have such a good time. I mean literally the smiles yeah it's it's great even late yesterday we had eight group. A group coming in. From Xavier University but we also had a high schooler who is doing a service hours. And it was really great watching him. Interact with the college students. And as well as our employees and you know without a great time and it every time he would finish something you would look up and say OK what else the Nieminen. And this is. There's so much to be dying. But you have a good time doing it so you know if you had anybody anybody out there has a kid who need service hours and it's sixteen and older. Send them our way because we'll we'll definitely given some Oaxaca how did he touch you Marty they can go to our website which is our GM though. ORG. Are they can also call us at 504837. 5105. And they can speak to our volunteer coordinator and Christian and they can set them up and you know if you're in accompanied. Viewing you know wanna get all your employees to come and do and and outing you know that's great if you're an individual if you're a writer in a parade. Especially. You know because that your year. You're surrounded by all this stuff and you know a lot of times a lot of the cruise the only social activity they have this in the actual parade. So it's really nice when I've I had a guy with the crew aboard the as he brought his whole float. Yes oh my god 030 people who came in and they were deliberately. Recycling for us then and there are having a great time and they were finding more and more obvious things and. This is mind I thought I had nothing to be to be recycled again for this year yeah well and looks of it for just about Whitman. Nicole we are going to talk Morse doctor Stephen we're gonna talk more to. But OK let's protect and is now. The day after it is no longer badges were all trying to recover a bit and Lloyd do you do with all those deeds they've now been thrown. And you're looking in your living room trying to remember how you got them and debating do they go back in the attic floor. Taken TU. Yes if you don't like your house to sink from the weight up to us. Definitely donate them to us Ortiz somebody who is riding in a parade or gore being. Anybody who is recycling because. There's twenty million pounds they get imported every year wow and so. As long as they don't get thrown away. I'm happy with the work but whatever you do with that why are we we we collect them and throughout the year but especially right after Marty guys were really intensely. Collecting things we're doing competition with some schools. We're doing. We're gonna be we last year we did drive a drive with Cooper are a lot of they are fun. And then we. Is this Saturday after a party rock for four hours if you have that Cooper app and you had beads. Hit the app and a driver will come to your house and collect beads I think we got about 121000 pounds last year. And and sudden close to that and and we're also giving a drive with Krispy Kreme moon it's an annual driveway yes I should be to get it doesn't go nuts and I want it I'm Monday Tuesday and Wednesday after Saint Patrick's Day. And we that that's that the biggest haul yeah. Yeah Paychex people wallet kind of think about what they're going to do and pick up all the beads and probably bring them out to you in but I. Also I have to get right on to somebody else that. Margin let's go over some little patience because we know where the main addresses that. For the folks here to do today. Where some of the best place they can drop off the beats. Other other locations. We guides he adds. Memorial and national. Right Nashville yeah. The guitarist Joseph the big one you still want Florida's where we where we sell the beads OK we and that's it the warehouse there will be sort of beads. We also have a location in shall met. And 3700. GOP parkway. So there are everywhere and literally you're going to be able to find them. And at places to take them and it is again and again at such a good cause. We idea and. And we we have a lot of companies that are. That are helping us out throughout the year at the whole foods on magazine street has three bins. The Rouse is on airline. The green project. On Murray street in the in the marrying 2031 million exchange. There are are year round. Locations and then our other our locations besides the bar road we have in west we go that's our avenue at 333 cell avenue. 57 Loyola and 700 Loyola avenue at Nashville. Iron in Harris learned. Our has revocation of 3406. Chester avenue to try to offer veterans. And loomed Covington we have a North Shore location. At what I six east 25 avenue in Covington saw you nor short for raiders. Got up. It you can you can donate your beads that there are. And then where I am also going to be dealing. Collection with the New Orleans public libraries there's some branches that do that collection every year. And the other whole foods and on veterans and the one on pride we're going to be doing a post Monica collection golf. So get this is good for great if you go to the website it you're talking about that first Saturday argument Matthews you know he's my fingers you're right. A believe is that march 4 Saturday march north all right but the website you've got a little bit more rewarded to share yet we're actually. Two out that the parades. There's some places that are gonna be doing collections. That the Torah synagogue. A lot of places along a micro is why you're throwing your picking them up you can literally you know Terry Moe I got an economic. Ingenious idea that's fine yeah Martin's wine cellar they're gonna have a ban. In some of the hotels. Where where where in with a lot of the the concierge is I'll city and what they're doing is there having a bin. For their guests when they check out and didn't get to take a few holes with them of course but then the rest they'll just donate to. And in that note and read a sentence because of the cost of it on tickets and for baggage and anything over a certain way to make it once you've got your your prize these long girls. Anything that might say or PS pockets and Demi and etc. You're dot. But again please the web site Margie just. If you'll give us that address where everybody can you can look at up I appreciate it's there it's www. RGN though it's eight RCT and dot ORG Vu. Becoming the jazz were spent their perspective yeah. We have what do plea not only beats all right Nicole. God talk yes issue as the Blair probe is BI director of our enterprises so many things going on. Are we know about these but we have gardens we have all kinds of other service employment opportunities. For our wonderful clients that arc let's talk about some of those. Right. One of things I'd like to talk about today is sterling hall witches and then Paula we have talent show comment. And it's really just seven minutes from downtown New Orleans so if you're looking for locations. To hold a large party. Make your heart artery Arnold asks during carnival after carnival a picnic a reunion. Birthdays we've done re passes we even had a very large wrestling match a couple of weeks ago and whose we've been many weddings. And birthday parties and weddings are the biggest thing that we even to children's birthdays with the bouncy houses and everything else aside so. There are a lot of opportunities to two coming utilized that facility for us and help the State's Kirk remember those big double that we have. So we'd love to at we'd love to have people come out and check at that site out an on on site there we also have our farm. Where we grow produce. Which is all organic it's not certified organic that we use our organic practices. We really try identities are sustainable practices as well and treat the earth like it's supposed to be treated. And and create vegetables of people really wanna eat and that they can get their nutrition. And now and said the soil is very healthy and we work very hard to keep the the vegetables as healthy as possible for people when we do all kinds of strange vegetables things like. Arugula and ginger and Toomer and Ken. You know we try to do a hot spot isn't yet and Leo right now right and so we really tried to offer a lot of variety to the people that we. Sell to it than at the Crescent City farmers markets on Tuesday at town square and on Thursday. An American can company from 3:7 PME that was exactly what is going to ask that it would go pretty drive the parish or they whom could bring some of the good food awards we bring it to New Orleans now says that we'd love to to see people come by our Booth and hear about our mission there. And we also. Have grounds maintenance. The business and it janitorial business. As well and it's an urban societies so we do we do five. Businesses that we own and operate so that we can support an employ people with disabilities and everybody in our businesses makes minimum wage or higher. However counts actually makes over thirteen dollars an hour. While ago. Yet so and thanks Stephen Stephen was just writing in to remind me to use to mention volunteers which a lot of volunteers for farm and for beads we'd love to have volunteers come and check out the farm. And anybody wants to come and help the harvest on a regular basis we offer you and nice vegetable. Medley and take we come out. If you're looking for nice fresh organic local Prodi's that you can't afford. He come on down alone can help the senate farm and we will give it to you very so nice site dishes I envisioned soup. Yes all well we don't soup at this point we don't FC but we do have lots of salad greens in fact tomorrow we're having. An internal luncheon for seminar. Our favorite volunteers and we're serving her and sent where group were harvested in Dallas. Fresh tomorrow and making me just step. So we do a lot of things are treated check I'm glad I. Well it is absolutely the easier talking about for the our clients who seemed to enjoyed it again. I'm thinking about the the the grounds keeping and some of the things I'd. Can you then go on the web site to find out of the particular areas in which. You'll work are you specified. Well they can just call our our you know 83751. A five. And and we world you know get my car back and and talk about her car park art capabilities and what we what we do you asked. So we'd love to hear from you and we've you know we also are always looking for business partners now let's meet brings to the next question though because are you thinking. Is that more just grass cutting and some larger swaths of grass. For businesses are do you look at individual homes we actually are not invested it and it will help. You know so we we prefer our equipment is is it's big it's done it failed and we're used to doing large swaths of grass but. We will do you know as many as a few makers. And so I mean there's view this as just a couple of acres. That we at one timer of our business was large enough to do about a thousand acres a month and that we are way scaled down from the at this point did you try to grow back but we would like to. In you view legislators now there anybody has any sort of you know hopeful on that we've looked at a lot of public row. Meg could use ground easing back to Steve I think doctors demons that's okay yeah. I just think even doctor Stephen doctors humans are any of the about it. I'm privileged they just call me anything but only for dinner date for the start got the arm up thus failing to mentioned Terry is that we have a whole unemployment. Placement service. Oregon. And so what was wouldn't partners in the community who are willing to have one of our people work for them. We do and it's we do a job skills assessment we provided job coach for the individual placed in Europe work place situation. A job coach shadows them until they master the job continues to visit them periodically and on top of that the employer. Get that partial tax credit. I'm wondering what are you it's kind of a win win and then for absolutely absolutely. You don't worry about that saved because retirement intellectual disabilities. Is sometimes or is it tennis for people to think of the argument course and on a fine. But those who had Down's syndrome but it is above and beyond that. I think when time when I was out her when we might have spoken nickel. There were a couple of folks who have had brain injuries things like this are coming to but again the opportunity. For them to to socialize. And and people to do have friends in a setting and to be able to feel a bit of that self sufficiency is very important yesterday that. Folks have a whole array of disabilities. That are. That can affect them to varying degrees. And so we we know actually think about someone with Down syndrome when someone who has it was known autism spectrum. But they're all sorts of folks who have some either their communications go deficits of the processing. A skill deficits. Prepare very intelligent people capable desiring. To be productive and and have a full life. And so I job is to help them. Find their net their places society empower them. Given them the adaptive. Support they need so they can reach there at their potential. So really we we have those images of folks that would normally associate with our. But also to people yet exactly. And you were talking earlier that program about the future. And they have seen the arc it's been amazing how you've adapted to the needs of the community. Can you give us a hint or just tell us about some of the things may be on. The drawing board. If I knew I would tell you. Abu tank at this point certain most of refining stow comes through Medicaid Mendes as I've state legislature grapples with what they're going to do. We have to sort of pressed our plans on hold to kind of see where the funding goes connected dramatically affect what we can do in the community. And is recorded it when people hear that because right now we're talking about the special session and we got the deficit and all the other things are coming off. But. These are people are our friends our neighbors family members who need some help some guy who's who want to live a full life just like we all do. Yeah absolutely absolutely and so we have people in Baton Rouge the arc of Louisiana is our our key lobbying agent. But there are other associations of folks up there tried a lot of legislatures know what we need. The good news that governor Edwards has not. Placed any of our funding. At least his proposal to the place right happening on the table. But of course the legislature should legislators themselves. We're gonna come up with their counterproposal so it's an idiot I was a little. Under certain things that you know that you'd while he'd like to keep off funding in place but there are certain programs that you know that you would like to growing anger just it's part of the Arctic just have to stay. Yes so this employment placement service is really where we are going. It's. We find that we can very easily place people once we have placements for them and in the community. Those individuals then become because they're earning decent salaries. They're paying taxes they can get their apartments sometimes by on their own sometimes ruin with somebody. And they've based sort of there are they able to be as independent as you or me. And so that's kind of let our focus is trying to. Gain as much independence as we can prior individuals and so employment whether it be through. Outside employers who would be thrown enterprises. It's where we are trying to place more more of energy's. Because it has the biggest payoff for our clients. And for the community and say it again it's does it before but it's a win win actual situation for somebody your general recently you we wanted people to be independent and self sufficient. And that is truly the goal they are absolutely and we all this kind of inalienable right. Can have that opportunity Dulles yeah. Exactly well as a move forward and is isn't is here he's sort of the adaptive testing at it again. Series absolutely fine on the website do you make appointments I wouldn't think it's a walk in but. How do people who are losing today the to have someone that they think could benefit from arc services and maybe I guess we're there rumors say it's it's checked. Men and how they move through the process. Of what the skill set might be and what how far they can go what do they do. So medical correct me if I'm incorrect because I'm gonna want this job but they begin with Louisiana rehabilitation services out of the state they have to qualify and they have to get our way. And the bigger referred to us or another agency would then begin the process of skills assessment. And the job placement and kind of funneled ruining while worker he recently yet we usage are new to penetrate what your fat as you know you'd be coming back acquired it don't view by the court. I reported it. And there's things I don't before we go just one quick up to begin. I've got to ask you one more time police please miss Margie Perez. What the folks can do if they still in the deeds and throws for carnival season. What issue do where they should go and then what to do once they no longer need them hey okay well it comes to visit us. 925 south Lavar road. Or open Monday through Friday from nine to four. For sales. And this Saturday the first three Saturdays. February from nine to wine and have been. And and then after. Mardi Gras. To donate them to us don't hang on you can hang on to the nice one to I. Think I Halloween with a Snickers bars. The biggest prize given way to candy corn. It don't give us a lawyer up. Unicorn on her. The metaphor that is. And so ends and. Either go to Krispy Kreme org donate them at all of our locations are DNO dot org lists all of our drop obligations and them. You know you can even. Duke collection in your neighborhood and and then send them to us we've got a boy scout who's gonna be doing that. And guys have for his eagle scout project I'm doing a neighborhood collection and Missouri flyer in the neighborhood and everything he's ready yes. Andy Cohen steam once again also people. Oh who were listening if you have someone who's your family and neighbors would you know easy to benefit from our services he'd like more information. A special bottom line mentor skills learning. The goal that would be again you know please just check out our website or call us our website is WW Denny at a RCG and aunt died and Margie. And our phone number is 504. 8375105. Thank you so very much I sure appreciate all joining us today. Doctor Stephen Sauer who is the executive director. Of arc of greater New Orleans and congratulations. Thank you glad to have you here Nicole Blair director of arc enterprise is. Margie Perez Mardy Robby recycle coordinator. And I'm specifically. And also can be I'm not only have an. Everyone for joining us today you know I leave southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity. We want to eradicate poverty in our region. Where is strategically investing in programs and initiatives collaborations. And advocacy efforts to meet our community's greatest needs we have a bold vision of equitable communities. For all individuals are healthy. Educated and economically stable. For more information please visit our web site united waste Sheila that united way SE LE dot org. You may collar area code 5048225540. You can fight is on FaceBook. At united way sealer or followers on Twitter. 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