(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! Beaverton Business with a Social Mission, Celebrates 20 Years of Service
By Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC
What is a business with a social mission? It is a company that weaves the cultural change they want to make in the world, directly into their products and services. Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. (Dirkse CC) is such a company and January 2017 marks 20 years of collaborating with the local community to make a difference.
A Beaverton based business; Dirkse CC has a primary social mission of improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through meaningful employment that addresses local business need. The Dirkse CC team has a dual customer: the individual with a disability and business. Diversity and inclusion skills are taught and become the essential ingredient to business success. And the recipe works, but not without help.
It takes many partners to change culture. Dirkse CC has over 450 employers in our customer database; employers who engage with us at one level or another to fulfill our social mission. In the last five years alone, Dirkse CC has placed over 300 people into jobs and currently provides job retention services (supported employment) for over 70 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their employers.
As Dirkse CC looks forward to 2017 and another 20 years, we invite you to join our social mission by taking a personal pledge to make a difference in just a few simple steps. Look for more information on how to get involved in upcoming issues of the Beaverton Resource Guide or contact us directly at (email@example.com).
One person at time – we work to remove barriers and advance employment. One business at a time – we bring HR solutions that make a difference.
To learn more about becoming a diverse and inclusive employer, contact Cindy Bahl at 503-258-7715 (firstname.lastname@example.org)