The event recognizes Georgians with disabilities and their outstanding accomplishments. It also honors companies, programs and organizations that support inclusion of individuals with disabilities through support or employment.
“The goal of the event is to increase awareness and educate the community about the abilities of people with disabilities,” said Karen Carlisle, vice-president corporate communications and development of Nobis Works.
Nobis Works helps people with any kind of disability such as mental, physical, emotional, sensory and learning disabilities.
“We change lives at Nobis Works. We put people with disabilities to work. We create confidence, independence and success in someone who didn’t have that,” Carlisle said.
Nobis Works develops and provides job training, assistance in finding work and on-the-job support.
Carlisle said in 2013, Nobis Works created a $1.3 million impact in Cobb County by putting people to work. “We take tax consumers and turn them into taxpayers. It’s a social benefit and economic benefit,” Carlisle said.
“We don’t just change that individual’s life. We change the whole family dynamic. It’s so exciting,” Carlisle said.
Bruce Roy is a success story of Nobis Works. He and his wife, Teresa, moved to Marietta from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. During the cleanup of Katrina, Roy suffered a severe whiplash, requiring him to wear a cervical collar.
Because Roy had to wear a cervical collar, no one would hire him. Four-and-a-half years ago, Nobis Works hired him as lead technician for the Atronix section of production at Nobis Works.
“It was pretty depressing not being able to work. When (Nobis Works) hired me, there was no problem with it because I found there was all kinds of people with disabilities of all kinds,” Roy said.
“My job allowed me to work with persons with disabilities. It surprised me they are such an enthusiastic bunch of people that are largely ignored by the hiring public. In our economy, it’s hard enough for an able-bodied person to find work much less someone with disabilities,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful experience and privilege to work with them. It makes you feel good to work with people who have had the door shut on them so many times and are now given an opportunity,” Roy said.
To purchase tickets to the event, visit nobisworks.org. Go to News & Events tab and click Galaxy of Stars. For more information, call (770) 427-9000.
The Galleria Centre is at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.
Nobis Works is at 1480 Bells Ferry Road, Marietta.