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VERC Partners With Local Work-Experience Program

Minute Man Arc’s Jump Start provides internship opportunities to young people with disabilities

DUXBURY, Mass. -- VERC Enterprises recently became affiliated with the Minute Man Arc Jump Start Program, a pre-employment and transition program established to provide internship opportunities to young people with disabilities.

The Jump Start Program allows Minute Man Arc clients to acquire work experience prior to seeking employment.

The program is a collaboration between Minute Man Arc and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, offering individuals ages 16 to 22 real work experience. Participants receive extensive job training from seasoned professionals, and the program matches them to paid internships where they are coached to do their best work, according to the program.

VERC, which has had a long relationship with Minute Man Arc, recently welcomed its first Jump Start intern for a six- to eight-week internship.

A group of Concord, Mass., families founded Minute Man Arc for Human Services Inc. in 1958 to provide services for their children with disabilities. Over its 60-year history, the agency has grown into a full-service provider offering programs and services to more than 800 children and adults in eastern Massachusetts.

“VERC is a model employer, a true leader in hiring people with disabilities,” said Barbara Jean White, director of employment for Minute Man Arc. “We are grateful for their partnership and longtime support of our values and goals.”

“It is our privilege to partner with Minute Man Arc on this important transition program,” said Barry Ahern, vice president of operations for VERC. “We are proud of our commitment to employ those in our communities with developmental challenges; it is a commitment we plan on honoring for many years to come.”

VERC Enterprises is an independent chain of ab 30 Mobil- and Gulf-branded c-stores in eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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