Kentucky business giving jobs to adults with disabilities

Shaun H. Ruff

A Kentucky business is providing meals and opportunities for people in the community.It all started about a decade ago.”When I was young I heard about this opportunity and my mom and dad, they wanted me to chase it,” Charles Watson said.Watson made his goal a reality. He’s a participant with On-The-Go Foods in Bardstown. They serve salads, sandwiches and other food items. The business hires adults in Nelson County with physical and mental disabilities. It’s one of several places at the Guthrie Opportunity Center to find employment and job training.”It is satisfying to come to work every day and have a job when in many communities they wouldn’t have that same opportunity,” said Tom Hamilton, Guthrie Opportunity Center executive director.The business has about 10 participants and no prior experience in the food industry is needed to get a job.”I feel like if I didn’t get this job, I wouldn’t have as many opportunities to be where I’m at right now,” Watson said.Emily Corbett, director of food operations and catering, said the operation is filling a void.”I feel like over time the demographic we employ has been overlooked as capable adults who can give back to their community. There’s not an opportunity for them to just jump out into the world like anybody else,” Corbett said.Watson says thanks to On-The-Go Foods he wakes up with more purpose and gratitude.

A Kentucky business is providing meals and opportunities for people in the community.

It all started about a decade ago.

“When I was young I heard about this opportunity and my mom and dad, they wanted me to chase it,” Charles Watson said.

Watson made his goal a reality. He’s a participant with On-The-Go Foods in Bardstown. They serve salads, sandwiches and other food items. The business hires adults in Nelson County with physical and mental disabilities. It’s one of several places at the Guthrie Opportunity Center to find employment and job training.

“It is satisfying to come to work every day and have a job when in many communities they wouldn’t have that same opportunity,” said Tom Hamilton, Guthrie Opportunity Center executive director.

The business has about 10 participants and no prior experience in the food industry is needed to get a job.

“I feel like if I didn’t get this job, I wouldn’t have as many opportunities to be where I’m at right now,” Watson said.

Emily Corbett, director of food operations and catering, said the operation is filling a void.

“I feel like over time the demographic we employ has been overlooked as capable adults who can give back to their community. There’s not an opportunity for them to just jump out into the world like anybody else,” Corbett said.

Watson says thanks to On-The-Go Foods he wakes up with more purpose and gratitude.

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