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September 9, 2015 / Summer Street Blog

Summer Street project provides retail store, training for clients

NEW GLASGOW – When it comes time to give away clothes that are no longer worn, consider making that donation really count.

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June 18, 2015 / Summer Street Blog

Summer Street’s clients celebrate individual successes during annual Awards Night

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“The Awards Night is a very special evening,” said Bob Bennett, Executive Director. “Hosted by the Client Council, awards for personal achievements, years of service, and special awards in memory of departed clients are presented.”

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“Our spectrum of services provides a range of opportunities which we customize as much as possible to accommodate individual preferences,” said Dorothy Doyle, Director Program and Services.

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Kendall Snell, a recipient said “I really enjoy the awards night as it makes me feel good, and I like being appreciated for the work that I do at Summer Street and within the community. The best part of the night is getting my award and participating in the Fashion Show.”

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Summer Street is in the business of creating opportunities for people with intellectual disability and works with 175 clients, delivering 110,000 hours annually of education, training and support. The spectrum of services offered include: vocational training, personal development, literacy, employment services and wellness services.

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“Summer Street is a person-centered organization and it is reflected in everything we do,” said John Potter, President.

Mike Townsend, Executive Director for DirectioNS closed the evening with the following comment “ Summer Street is known as a place where everyone does important work and people care about each other.”

May 5, 2015 / Summer Street Blog

New Beginnings – A Summer Street Social Enteprise

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New Beginnings is a gently used clothing store under the Summer Street. This video was created by second year Nova Scotia Community College students in the Marketing program. It explains the donation process and the process of clothing going from donation to New Beginnings.

April 15, 2015 / Summer Street Blog

Being inclusive when it comes to workforce participation

The oneNS Coalition is moving forward on the work of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy and the vision set out in the “Now or Never”, also known as the Ivany Report.
Each month the coalition facilitates conversations on various topics related to the economy, and in February the focus was on workforce participation. Workforce participation measures those who are interested in working, but for some reason can’t. Aging baby boomers, responsibilities like child care or aging parents, having the right education or going back to school to get it, foreign credential issues, technology, and low rates of new job creation, difficulty getting work experience, discrimination, and discouragement… are only some of the factors that affect it. 
Summer Street was asked to make a presentation, which brought a whole other  level of awareness to the discussion. Summer Street creates opportunities for persons with intellectual disability to gain independence, employment, and pride. Bob Bennett emphasized Summer Street’s client-centred approach. “We need to connect our clients to the workforce, to the extent to which they want to be connected, and based on their passion and gifts.” Bob reinforced the idea that nothing can happen without partnerships. “It takes a community to help us realize the goals of our supportive employment program.” 
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One way that businesses, institutions and governments can bolster workforce participation of those with intellectual disability is to create purchasing policies that support Summer Street’s social enterprises and that of its partner agencies across the province.
The bottom line is that workforce participation is an indicator of the vitality of the economy. And these organizations make important contributions to the local economy.
April 14, 2015 / Summer Street Blog

Summer Street has gone to the dogs

Summer Street has started making all natural homemade dog treats, and CTV news dropped by to get the scoop.

Thank you CTV and Dan MacIntosh for covering this story and helping us promote our latest social enterprise!

Check out the full story here >>

April 2, 2014 / Summer Street Blog

Graduates celebrate success through Summer Street Works program

Congratulations to all recent graduates of the Summer Street Works Program. This past Friday participants celebrated the completion of this very successful program, which helps youth with disabilities overcome barriers to employment. Summer Street Works is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.
Through teambuilding activities and workshops, participants developed life and job skills such as effective communication and computer knowledge. They also benefited from work experience through job placements in various businesses within our community.
A big shoutout to all graduates, instructor Courtney Cameron as well as all participating businesses within Pictou County.
Thank you!
March 31, 2014 / Summer Street Blog

New Beginnings…. Clothes with Character. Gifts with Heart

OPENING SOON!! “New Beginnings”….Clothes with Character. Gifts with Heart.
Do you have favorite clothes you haven’t worn for ages but just can’t part with?… Give them a New Beginning! Summer Street is opening an exclusive, new-to -you clothing store this spring. Your donations of well cared for clothing are greatly appreciated. In addition, we will also be offering unique gift items made by persons with disabilities from Summer Street and simiilar organinizations accross the province.
Clothing donations can be dropped of at:
Summer Street
72 Park Street
New Glasgow, N.S. between the hours of 8:30 am- 4:30pm
902 -755-1745
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