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Harvest of Opportunities boosts SW Resources programs

Parkersburg Country Club hosts annual auction

August 11, 2013

VIENNA — Items ranging from trips to celebrity items to arts and crafts were available for the 32nd annual Harvest of Opportunities auction in support of SW Resources on Saturday at the Parkersburg......

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Aug-13-13 12:55 PM

@RealityInTheMOV- I would suggest you should try to distinguish between SWR and whomever you are having issues with then. SWR provides a needed service to the community and tries to do its best under difficult situations.

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Aug-13-13 12:53 PM

@ihatechristyfore- It sounds like it became more of a business and not a daycare. Unlike other such organizations, SWR doesn't have govt money coming in. It has to make some money somewhere. If there are clients or staff that won't get with the program, they don't need to be there. How much good will it be able to do if it closed down? Think about it.

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Aug-13-13 11:10 AM

And "Ihate", I literally smile every time I see your username. For some reason, it cracks me up.

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Aug-13-13 8:28 AM

Allow me to educate YOU, Kendall...SWR is not the one I was referring to with the computer FACT. However, I guarantee I'm just as knowledgeable as you, and quite possibly more, about this subject. There is so much in this area that the public is ignorant about. If they truly knew the potential services their children could have, there would be no question that several in your field would be out of business. Stop taking advantage of disabled individuals for the sake of profit.

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Aug-12-13 11:17 PM

Kendall, I am not talking about the employees; I am talking about the management. I worked there, and things went downhill rapidly after Sammy B. stepped down. She was a great lady. She was replaced by a harpy that everyone hated, because she treated people like dirt, including the clients. It became all about getting the most money and providing the least amount of service for the clients. Educate yourself, Kendall.

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Aug-12-13 2:34 PM

@RealityInTheMOV- I don't think you have any idea what you are talking about either. SWR has helped many people find jobs outside of the workshop environment and keep them. "Behind a computer"?? As I said to the other one, educate yourself please.

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Aug-12-13 2:32 PM

@ihatechristyfore- I don't think you have ANY idea what you are talking about. SWR provides work for people with various levels of disabilities. Some of these jobs are inhouse at the main SWR building, many are offsite where they make a good wage. Educate yourself.

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Aug-12-13 10:29 AM

From my experience, every one of these companies (except ONE on South Side) does as little as possible to actually help the disabled. Putting an Autistic individual behind a computer for eight hours does nothing to teach them how to cope with the real world. If I were in the need for services for myself or a family member, the only company I would use is the one on South Side. None are perfect, but blatant exploitation is rampant with all the others.

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Aug-11-13 11:46 AM

The mentally ill and mentally disabled are the most exploited members of our society. SW does not serve or offer services to just any disabled person. They pick and choose, offering "jobs" only to higher functioning individuals. They do not even treat these "pets" very well, either. SW is more of an opportunity for Parkersburg's "society" to parade their philanthropic efforts, and to appear like they actually care about the people they are exploiting. Before you say "oh, no, that is not true," I know because I worked there. You could put all the respect the staff and managers had for the clients into a thimble. They interacted minimally, stayed in their offices smoking and drinking coffee and playing on their computers. Very little was "client centered" except for fact that that is how they skim the money.

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Aug-11-13 10:10 AM

just an fyi if you do choose to read the article. take it with a grain of salt. majority of it doesn't take a lot into account.

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Aug-11-13 8:34 AM

This auction is a good thing. However, please look up the recent NBC news investigative report titled "Disabled Workers Paid Just Pennies Pennies and Hour and It's Legal."

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