Veterinary Clinic Receives Award for Employing Young People with Disabilities

CEO Jennifer Sample and Dr. David Harrison, owner of the Veterinary Clinic

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 15, 2014 — The Center for Higher Independence (CHI) at Providence Place recognized DeZavala- Shavano Veterinary Clinic for its contributions in employing people with disabilities with an award. CEO Jennifer Sample presented the award to Dr. David Harrison, owner of the clinic, last week during Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“It was important to us to make this award to DeZavala- Shavano Veterinary Clinic for their efforts in hiring young adults with disabilities. Their example will encourage other businesses,” said Sample.

With October designated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), organizers hope to raise awareness about disability employment issues and also celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

“We’ve been hiring workers with disabilities as kennel technicians for about four years, and the experience has been great, for them and for us,” Harrison said.

CHI, which has provided life and work skills training to young adults with disabilities for 40 years, enables them to lead more independent and fulfilling lives and coaches them to apply and retain paying jobs. Graduates of the CHI program work for a variety of employers in the San Antonio area in both full-time and part-time positions.

For more information about hiring students and graduates of Center for Higher Independence contact Michael Newborn, Job Coach at Providence Place, at 210-696-2410 or at

More about Providence Place:

Providence Place, formerly Methodist Mission Home, has been serving communities throughout Texas and beyond. Today, Providence Place, which is driven by its mission of serving women and children and young adults with disabilities offers a variety of programs to meet the wide-ranging needs of its communities. Action Adoption is an adoption program that also provides care for birth mothers. The Center for Higher Independence offers transitional education, life skills and vocational training to young adults with disabilities. Ectropia is an umbrella program that includes a range of collaborative services with other nonprofits, including sharing of office, classroom and residential space on its 25-acre campus, as well as culinary and horticulture training and transitional living for women recovering from substance abuse.

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