Valley firm helps workers overcome obstacles|
Business provides training, support in finding jobs
By Linda Dums
"GRAND CHUTE — Jim Lain knows local
employers are looking for quality workers. He also knows workers with
disabilities want to use their talents to become productive, reliable employees.
His goal at Employ Ability '04 is to match the skills of trained employees with
the needs of employers.
"I wanted to try a new approach to helping people get employment," said Lain,
60, of Little Chute, who launched his business last February. "It's a pretty
harsh world out there whether you have a disability or not."
Lain provides support to people facing barriers to employment, such as
disability, age, poverty and homelessness. Employ Ability '04 serves Outagamie,
Winnebago, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Waupaca and Waushara counties.
Lain was born with cerebral palsy but "as dad said, I kind of out grew it," he
said. "I really don't let it stop anything I want to do."
He has a master's degree in special education and has spent 30 years in the
field. He credits his success to a support group of family and friends, which is
why Lain wanted to launch Employ Ability '04."