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Indiana Beach making strides to employ people with disabilities

The new owners of Indiana Beach are making strides to provide everyone who needs a job with a job. News 18's Marvin Bills spoke with an agency today who is partnering with Indiana Beach to ensure those with working barriers are not forgotten.

Posted: Jun 12, 2020 5:43 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2020 5:47 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Indiana Beach is scheduled to open on June 27th. But before they do, they'll need to fill 300 positions. 50 of which the new owner wants to fill with people who have a disability.

"He seems really invested in our community," said Jennifer Ousley. 

Jennifer Ousley owns several different vendors at Indiana Beach. She's also a Disability Consultant for James Emmet & Co. An agency out of Monticello that helps those with disabilities find work.

"He was like I want to hear more," said Ousley. 

From that conversation came an opportunity to help those with disabilities even more.

"We are really excited to be partnering with Indiana Beach to help them hire and recruit people with disabilities," said James Emmet.

James Emmet is the owner of James Emmet & Co. On Friday his team invited other local organizations who have clients with working barriers to the property in order to give them a job tour.

"From past history we know that people with disabilities have not been given the equal opportunity towards careers, towards employment," said Emmet. 

Pat Wokoun works for CDC Resources out of Monticello and Rensselaer. She's helped her clients find jobs for more than 15 years. She said while people with disabilities have always been welcome to work at Indiana Beach, this is a different and strategic approach.

"In the past people with disabilities or barriers to employment, which we would like to say, would just apply like everybody else," said Wokoun. "But this group has reached out to a company and stated we need 50 people with disabilities."

Jennifer Ousley said this is an opportunity to help a particular community find the right job for them.

"Not just jobs that people think that people with disabilities should work in," said Ousley. "They are capable of doing any job."

For more information on applying click here. 

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