We share the following from ‘Support For Employers’ booklet published by Securing Our Aspirational Realites(S.O.A.R.).
I have the pleasure of being General Manager for Habitat For Humanity Invercargill – A charity with housing as our focus. We have been operating in Invercargill for over 23 years, and for the past 20 years have been running a social enterprise to fund our aims.
We employ over 21 staff and have a volunteer group of over 70 people from all walks of life. Amongst our Habitat Whanau we have many people who have a range of disabilities or different abilities. We like to think that we are an inclusive organisation who treats people as people without prejudice or discrimination, and we work very hard to make this real every day. Being inclusive has changed our organisation’s culture. We have become more aware, caring and responsive to those with disabilities and to those without.
I am often asked about the costs and efficiency of employing, or having volunteers, with disabilities. The answers are simple: People with disabilities are well embedded in our community, they live here, and they aren’t transients so they have stickability. They are trusted, reliable, punctual, engaged, and take pride in their role, and enjoy being part of something that is making a difference in their community. They have improved our business outcomes and performance. I can’t state strongly enough how positive this is to our organisation and encourage other business leaders to be open minded and embrace the positives that come when you employ people with disabilities.
Habitat For Humanity Invercargill