People with developmental disabilities deserve to have meaningful employment - it gives them a sense of dignity and pride. Misericordia home provides a number of work opportunity programs including a bakery, laundry facility, coffee packaging program, and restaurant to name just a few. If 14(c) was phased out, the cost of these programs would triple and Misericordia would be forced to reduce the number of persons employed as well as decrease the hours worked for those who remain employed. As an advocate for persons with disabilities I cannot allow this to happen! I see on a daily basis how much meaningful work means to them and I can say that any employer would be amazed at the wonderful work ethic they possess! To lose this part of their daily life would be devastating and heartbreaking!
Idea No. 226