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About Our Programs
Why You Should Support Citizens Development Center
We want to work.
Having a physical or intellectual disability does not lessen the desire to work and lead a fulfilling adult life. However, finding stable and meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities is difficult, and in some cases, it may feel impossible.
Our programs are not a handout.
Coming to work and demonstrating progress towards goals is the only way our clients can benefit from our services. The people we serve take remarkable pride in a job well done, in the money they earn — and in becoming more independent.
We count on our generous donors and volunteers.
In order to provide quality programs and maintain our facilities, we depend on generous corporations and individuals in our community who believe in our mission to empower adults with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence and employment.
Program Impact: Words from our Families
- We could not ask for a better experience for our son and look forward to many more years for him to work and learn and have good friends through this organization.Newly Enrolled Work Center Program Client's Parent
- Thank you for treating each person with respect. My daughter is so happy here.Work Center Program Client's Parents
- My sister absolutely loved it there. My family is so very grateful to CDC and all that is has done for our sweetheart!Sister of a Former Client
- We feel secure and confident that our adult child is in a safe, productive place which encourages her sense of accomplishment and builds social skills and ability to work with others.Work Center Program Client's Parents
- I have the highest respect, regard and thankfulness for CDC. They have made an incredible difference in my son.Parent of a CDC Client
10% of Dallas County residents between the ages 16 and 64 have a disability. Our programs primarily serve this age group and geographic region. (source: United Way Community Needs Assessment)
In Dallas County, there are currently over 5,200 individuals on a waiting list for programs serving adults with disabilities, and 25% have specifically requested to enroll in a program that provides vocational training (like CDC). Adults with disabilities face significant barriers to employment and overall life satisfaction.
Adults with disabilities are 33% more likely to be unemployed than those without a disability. (source: United Way Community Needs Assessment)
Families/caregivers are desperate to find a safe, nurturing environment for their dependents after they complete high school. CDC is one of the few community resources meeting this need by providing clients the opportunity to work every every day, earn a paycheck and develop skills to become more independent.
In FY 2013, Citizens Development Center served 434 adults with intellectual, physical and/or mental health disabilities by providing on-site vocational training and community employment placement support. This represents a 21% increase when compared to FY 2012.
Our Work Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm, allowing caregivers and families to also work outside of the home on a regular schedule.
Most importantly, caregivers know their loved ones are in a safe, nurturing environment and learning valuable life, social and vocational skills. Clients come to our center every day with a sense of purpose and return home with a paycheck and pride.
Program Services 85%
Management and General 8%
Development & Marketing 7%