October 18, 2010
Contact: Aaron Hunter 202-225-2040
Rep. Susan Davis Visits Workers with Disabilities Employed at MCRD
San Diego – During a busy lunch hour at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) on Monday, October 18, Congresswoman Susan Davis visited with developmentally disabled employees who provide food services to the Marine recruits and maintain the grounds at MCRD. The workers are employed by The Arc of San Diego and are responsible for serving up to 18,000 meals a day.
“The collaboration between the Marines at MCRD and the staff at The Arc of San Diego to provide on-site job training for people with developmental disabilities is so impressive,” said Davis, Chairwoman of the House Military Personnel Subcommittee. “It was inspiring to see this face-paced, valuable program in action during peak lunch hour at one of our nation’s largest Marine Corps mess halls.”
The Arc of San Diego is the largest local nonprofit providing services to people with disabilities, employing 275 people with developmental challenges to work at the Arc’s MCRD Food Service Program. Arc employees not only provide meal service to Marine recruits, but are also are responsible for grounds maintenance for MCRD. More than 90% of the employees performing these services are individuals with disabilities, making MCRD one of the largest employment sites of people with disabilities in San Diego County.
Congress has designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in recognition of the millions of Americans in our workforce with disabilities.