Garden Grove, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
Internet retailer MarineDepot.com announced today they have partnered with Lincoln Training Center to foster independence and improve the quality of life for individuals with disadvantages or developmental disabilities.
Lincoln Training Center will begin placing workers at the popular online aquarium supply store’s corporate headquarters today. Three workers and a job coach are set to replace MarineDepot.com’s janitorial staff and take over custodial duties in 2013. The goals are so adults with disabilities can learn job skills, gain confidence and achieve success in the workplace. Each individual earns a paycheck, which leads to self-esteem and independence.
“Our company believes we should give back and provide opportunities for people in the community that may not have the same opportunities we do,” said David King, Chief Operating Officer for MarineDepot.com. “Lincoln Training Center is widely recognized as a leader in teaching adults with disabilities the skills they need to obtain employment and gain independence, so they were a natural choice for us to partner with.”
Lincoln Training Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in 1964 by a group of parents for the purpose of providing meaningful employment for adults with disabilities. Today, Lincoln Training Center is headquartered in a 32,000 square-foot facility in South El Monte. Their Production Services Department provides support to more than 500 adults with disabilities and offers packaging, sorting, weighing, assembly, disassembly, labeling, laminating, collating, shrink wrapping and light manufacturing services. Offsite, their Supported Employment program places workers into community job settings, such as performing custodial work at MarineDepot.com, and currently partners with over 50 companies throughout California.
“We are very proud to be partnering with MarineDepot.com and appreciate the jobs they are creating for adults with disabilities. They see the value in hiring people with disabilities and recognize their capabilities,” said Casey Richards, Director of Community Services for Lincoln Training Center.
Lincoln Training Center’s focus is providing vocational programming for individuals with disabilities who may not be able to work competitively in the community, or who may need assistance in maintaining competitive employment. Workers are paid for their services according to their participation and productivity, and receive vacation pay, bonuses and workers compensation benefits.
“This is not only an opportunity for us to help others grow,” King said. “We see this as a way to cultivate character in our own staff by inspiring them to give back and make a difference whenever possible.”
MarineDepot.com is the world’s #1 supplier of marine and reef aquarium supplies. The company was founded in 1997 by self-professed “fish geek” Ken Wong after he became frustrated by the lack of selection and support provided by many local fish stores. Today, MarineDepot.com offers over 7,000 popular and hard-to-find products with free technical support provided by a staff of aquarium experts known as the Reef Squad. MarineDepot.com employs 45 full- and part-time employees in Garden Grove, CA. The company was included in the Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest Growing Businesses in 2011 and is a 3-time Top 500 Internet Retailer and BizRate Circle of Excellence winner.
About Lincoln Training Center
Founded in 1964 by parents of adult children with disabilities, Lincoln Training Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization, specializes in providing employers with pre-screened and qualified job applicants. LTC’s clients become skilled, trained and motivated employees. Community work site opportunities offer clients employment in janitorial, landscaping, inventory control, packaging, retail and clerical work. Lincoln Production Services, LTC’s on-site facility, offers businesses high-quality subcontract work while providing valuable training, with pay, to Lincoln workers. Services include collating, packaging, shrink-wrapping, heat sealing, folding, labeling, assembly and manufacturing. LTC is an award-winning, widely recognized leader in teaching adults with disabilities the skills they need to obtain employment and gain independence. LTC holds the highest possible accreditation standard with the national Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.