Is your neighbor in Marin ability-challenged…and no one knows?

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Did you know that right here in Marin County we have a large community of people who struggle with physical, intellectual and emotional challenges? And did you know that the majority of these people are unemployed?

We know this from national and state statistics. However, when trying to find information for this article, HELP Foundation contacted several agencies in Marin for data on the number of ability-challenged individuals in our county.

After 2 weeks of research, phone calls and emails, it has become apparent that no such data is readily available. This leaves us with a question: If we don’t know who our ability-challenged neighbors are, how can we help them?

This is one of the reasons why HELP Foundation is so inspired by the award winning documentary “A Whole Lott More.” And we want to share it with you!

  • Ability-challenged individuals constitute the nation's largest minority - and are a population that any of us could join at any time...

  • They represent the single largest minority group seeking employment in today's marketplace.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, ability-challenged employees are rated consistently as average or above average in performance, quality and quantity of work, flexibility and attendance.

  • Over 65% of working-age, ability-challenged adults are unemployed. Of these working adults, nearly 1/3 earn an income below the poverty level.

  • People who struggle with physical or intellectual challenges are nearly twice as likely to have an annual household income of $15,000 or less.

  • The unemployment rate of ability-challenged people is 10 times greater than the national unemployment rate, yet many of those unemployed individuals have the skills employers seek and the desire to work.

HELP Foundation invites you to join us on November 13th for our FREE community event and film screening of the award winning documentary “A Whole Lott More” by Victor Buhler! See the movie trailer here.

UPDATE: Bay Area’s own KURT HUGET will perform live during our event!!! A great “Night for A Good Cause!” just got a whole lot better! Join us for a night of delicious food, drinks, fun music and a community-building discussion about an important social issue that affects us all!

About the film: This is a very powerful & incredibly thoughtful film that follows the story of three unforgettable characters: TJ, Wanda & Kevin, and brings awareness to the struggles ability-challenged people face when seeking gainful employment.

About the event: HELP Foundation’s community screening of “A Whole Lott More” will take place on November 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. For location and directions, please click here

This is a FREE event! We’re a nonprofit organization and our hope is that you’ll be inspired & moved by the film, our mission, vision, and our commitment to helping people in the local community.

Event & Community Screening Details:

November 13, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Complementary dinner, wine, beer & refreshments provided by HELP Foundation!

Live music by Kurt Huget!

Location:

Osher Marin JCC

200 North San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 444-8000

Plenty of free & easy parking!

Host for the evening: Michael Pritchard. See Michael's "Bully Speech" in the "Happy" movie trailer here.

Please keep checking our posts as more details about this exciting event are coming soon!

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