BRISTOL - CW Resources helps to match mentally and physically disabled as well as economically disadvantaged people who are hard-working and ready to work with area employers.
Michael Bellantuono, program manager at CW Resources, which has its headquarters at 200 Myrtle St. in New Britain and also has a Bristol location at 530 Birch St., said that CW Resources works with more than 300 people in Bristol and surrounding communities. He said that the nonprofit, originally founded in 1964, hopes to make additional connections in the community.
“We connect individuals with a lot of janitorial, receptionist, manufacturing, landscaping and food service positions,” said Bellantuono. “We provide a work force that is committed, loyal and loves to get up and go to work. They like to stick with their jobs and make it their careers.”
Bellantuono said that in addition to helping to meet employers’ needs, CW Resources helps to improve quality of life.
“I think we all need a sense of purpose,” he said.
Jon Davis, of Bristol, works for CW Resources.
“I enjoy working at CW with all my friends,” he said.
CW Resources’ roots in Bristol go back to 1974 when they moved into the former Hill Street School House. They were able to rent the facility for $1 until it was eventually turned into apartments. During this time, Bellantuono said CW Resources was able to greatly grow the services that it provides.
CW Resources offers “transitional services,” which help individuals to learn a vocation, learn how to act socially appropriate and learn what it takes to be successful in the community. Once they are prepared, CW Resources seeks to match them with the right job. Para-transit services are also available for clients.
“Sometimes I feel like we’re Bristol’s best kept secret,” said Bellantuono.
In addition to providing employment opportunities, CW Resources was approved last year for a $75,000 capital improvement grant from the state. This will allow them to open a new area in their Bristol building which teaches non-work life skills. This area is currently under construction and is expected to open next month.
“It will have a training kitchen and a media center,” said Bellantuono. “We will also be able to help those who are more severely disabled, for whom work is not really in the books, to get a little more independence. There will be an arts and crafts area, a sensory room and a dementia area.”
For more information about CW Resources, visit cwresources.org. For the Bristol office, call 860-583-0401. For the New Britain office, call 860-229-7700.
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