ARC Jefferson – St. Lawrence staff honored by U.S. General Services Administration

ST LAWRENCE COUNTY  – The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence ( announced that federal contract custodial staff at the two separate sites were honored with the Commendable Service Award from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

This distinguished award was presented in recognition of the work done during the pandemic at the Robert C. McEwen Ogdensburg Custom House and Massena Land Port of Entry. These federal contracts employee people with disabilities though the SourceAmerica, AbilityOne Program.

“We are extremely proud of the efforts made by our federal contract employees for their dedication to keep the GSA sites at the Ogdensburg Custom House and Land Port of Entry in Massena safe and sanitary during the pandemic,” stated Howard Ganter, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence. “Their work kept the sites open for the American public and workforce while combatting daily challenges and changing regulations.”

In accordance with Source America and the AbilityOne Commission, The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence invites applications from people that have documented disabilities that would inhibit their ability to obtain and maintain competitive employment.  It is a primary purpose of these contracts to provide opportunities to people with disabilities and priority consideration is given to candidates with documented disabilities (physical, intellectual/developmental, mental health, substance abuse, etc).

This recognition comes in conjunction with October’s National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM), led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. NDEAM’s purpose is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The 2021 NDEAM theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.”

SourceAmerica is a U.S. nonprofit agency that creates employment opportunities for people with disabilities through its national network of affiliated nonprofit agencies, including The Arc Jefferson-St. Lawrence. Roughly 50 million Americans have a disability; it’s America’s largest and most diverse minority group. SourceAmerica is one of two U.S. central nonprofits designated in the Javits–Wagner–O’Day Act to support nonprofit agencies participating in the AbilityOne Program. Both central nonprofits work to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities by providing them opportunities to produce goods and services under federal contracts.

The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence offers employment services that include job training, coaching, job development, and benefits management. To learn more, visit, find us on Facebook and Instagram, or subscribe to the YouTube Channel.

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