Local Group Helps Those With Disabilities

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- A group in the Valley is being a good neighbor to some who find it hard to get a job.

Many people with intellectual or developmental challenges are not able to find employment.

"It would be harder for me to find another job, because I'm handicapped and I can't really do much like other people can," said Amy Sorgen, who works at Vector Industries in Waynesboro and has been there for ten years.

She is in a wheel chair, but does not let that limit her.

"The people here are like me, handicapped, and I enjoy being with those people," said Sorgen.

At Vector Industries, the goal is to work with people individually, to make sure they can work as efficiently as possible.

Whether it's assembling parts of a quiver for a bow and arrow set or packaging items, CEO Chrissy Johnston said the employees are good at what they do.

"Most of them have tremendous ability. In fact, sometimes they surpass our abilities. They can focus on a task, much better than we can. Faster, they're very good at repetition," said Johnston.

People only come to Vector after they've tried competitive employment and a job coach.

At Vector, it is all about taking the time to work with people with disabilities.

"No one can look at a person and tell what they're capable of doing, and they need to be given that opportunity to prove themselves. If they're not successful, at least you tried," said Peggy Moore, the director of human resources at Vector.

For Sorgen, Vector is a place where she feels at home.

"I'm making a lot of good friends and I love the work that I do," said Sorgen.

Vector Industries has more than 100 workers from Augusta to Rockingham county.

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