We Are Skils’kin
Inclusive Employment at KHQ
Inclusive employment creates a better workplace for everyone, and the KHQ Local News team is seeing these improvements firsthand.
Returned with a Chorus: The Daniel Ibach Story
For the past several years, Daniel Ibach has experienced the power of inclusive employment while working at the Taco Time in Millwood, WA, a place where, when Daniel sings out his name, he is returned with a chorus. Be sure to check out the written version of Daniel’s story on our blog as well.
Community Access: Enriching Our Community
Skils’kin partnered with Polka Dot Pottery, the Spokane Salvation Army, Crosswalk, Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, Southwest Spokane Community Center and Pace Services to produce this video highlighting the power of community access programs and inclusivity in our communities.
The Purpose Video
In this video, eight individuals from Skils’kin discuss the various ways that they have been able to find purpose and meaningful employment at Skils’kin. The individuals featured explain what motivates them, what values they most align with, and how they hope to inspire other individuals, among other topics.
A Day Without Limitations
On April 22nd, 2017, individuals from Skils’kin’s Community Living Services (CLS) program participated in the Courageous Kids Climbing event at Wild Walls in downtown Spokane. At this event, local firefighters and volunteers provided supports that enabled children and individuals with disabilities to scale the facility’s various climbing walls.
Cody Roller: Ready for Hire
Cody is a dependable, driven individual seeking his next employment opportunity where he can shred paper, greet customers, or stock shelves. If you or someone you know is looking to add a charismatic and reliable individual to your team, contact Bonnie Sinclair at (509)-218-6167 or at BSinclair@skils-kin.org.
Christine Ferries: Ready for Hire
Christine Ferries is an organized, engaging, and reliable individual seeking her next employment opportunity. Watch the video below to see Christine’s warm personality and learn from those close to her about her experiences with employment.
Steps for Autism
Join the ISAAC Foundation, Northwest Autism Center, and Autism Society of Washington – Spokane Chapter at the 3rd annual Steps for Autism 5k!
This walk and run will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Riverfront Park. In addition to the 5k, there will also be food vendors and entertainment booths, including a bubble station, a jump house, sensory bins, and more!
To sign up and register a team, click on the following link: https://store.nwautism.org/?product=steps-for-autism-2017
As the parent of a child with a disability, one of Cami’s lifelong fears was the question “What’s going to happen to my son when I’m no longer here?” After partnering with Skils’kin’s Community Living Services team, Cami now has the answer to that question.
Listen to Cami’s story, and learn how you too can join our team and find purposeful employment:
CRSA Supported Living Rally 2017
Continued underfunding of community residential services has left supported living providers unable to provide adequate wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), the people who assist individuals with disabilities with all aspects of daily living.
Contact your legislators to be a part of this change:
Video produced by Skils’kin on behalf of the CRSA.
Supported Living Care Crisis
Supported living and group homes provide personalized supports for individuals with disabilities while also being the lowest cost option for taxpayers. However, because of the recent minimum wage increase and inadequate state funding in Washington state, agencies have been unable to maintain competitive wages for direct support professionals (DSPs). Statewide employee turnover for DSPs now exceeds 50%, creating an undue burden on the individuals served, whose lives are continually disrupted by the lack of consistency.
The Governor recognizes the importance of this crisis and has included funds in his proposed budget that will allow for improved DSP wages. Approval of this budget would be a big step towards ensuring that individuals with disabilities receive the consistent, quality care they deserve.
Shaun Hegney Launches Career at Spokane Falls Community College
In November 2016, Shaun Hegney secured a position at Spokane Falls Community College, ending an arduous two and a half year job search. To hear Shaun’s story, check out the video below.
Partners for Work Interview Event – November 2016
On November 10th, 29 individuals, including six clients from Skils’kin, participated in the Partners for Work Interview Event at the Empire Health Philanthropy Center. Each participant received two panel interviews with eight potential employers. There were professionals representing companies such as Seven2, Numerica Credit Union, Embassy Management, KHQ, Avista, and Comcast. There were over 25 employers represented, and 30 participants received interviews. To see a video of the event, as well as participants’ reactions, check out the video below.
Partners for Work Video Résumé
Skils’kin collaborated with Spokane Rotary Club 21’s Partners for Work program and ENSO employment to produce this video résumé for Jasmine.
David, Pizza Hut, and Skils’kin
David Petsch is the undisputed “boxing champion” of Spokane area Pizza Huts. For over 20 years, David has worked with Pizza Hut, where he expertly folds pizza boxes and performs other miscellaneous tasks amongst his Pizza Hut family. To share in David’s successes, check out the video below.
Regis Salons and Skils’kin
Skils’kin and Regis Salons collaborated in September 2016 to support an exceptional individual in a remarkable way. To see the story, check out the video below.
2015 Tom Miller Award for Advocacy (2014) – John Lemus
This award recognizes an employee with a significant disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and remarkable passion for self-advocacy on a local and/or national level. John Lemus, who won this award in 2014, is Skils’kin’s Community Relations Facilitator.
2015 Rotary Club #21, Partners for Work
Partners for Work (PfW) creates employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As a joint effort between Rotary Club of Spokane and INSHRM, PfW utilizes Rotarian and INSHRM business leadership as vital links between job candidates and paid work.