Essential workers represent the best of us, and many of them have disabilities

Essential workers represent the best of us, and many of them have disabilities

Helping Beaverton Get Back to Work

Figuratively and literally, the sun has been obscured. Stay at home orders were issued in March and our landscape has changed. Local businesses have felt the consequences of the pandemic. Demands for racial justice have caused a nation-wide reckoning. Now, fellow Oregonians are returning home to find ashes where their homes once stood. While the sun appears dim, it has not disappeared.

Oregon’s essential workers represent the best of us. Whether a firefighter is risking their life to save a home or a stockperson ensures groceries and medications remain available, we rely on these Oregonians. And, many experience disabilities. Dirkse Counseling and Consulting remains committed to providing employment services to these workers in the face of societal and environmental struggles.

Heidi Dirkse-Graw, President and CEO, explained, “The pandemic has taxed the best of disability employment providers and it was vital to keep our doors open. The sixty-five essential workers with disabilities that we support were counting on us. Many were laid-off or furloughed. Now, nearly 60% are back at work and supported by the same employment professional.”

Through job coaching, helping individuals find employment, or providing virtual career exploration courses, Dirkse remains committed to our community. Mrs. Dirkse-Graw adds, “The mental health impact of our current strife is indiscriminate as well. Our counseling division has seen a large increase in demand; relationships are strained, basic needs are threatened, and the future is unknown.” Regardless of your personalized needs and goals, Dirkse is here for our community.

If your business would like to be more inclusive to people with different abilities, matching skill sets to your business needs, please reach out to Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. at 503-265-9256.