Image: Carl Johns gives a tour of the garden.
Leadership Clay has a unique goal of encouraging community leaders to become familiar with current issues in the community as well as learn how to develop solutions for future challenges. The program offered by Clay County Chamber of Commerce is designed to enhance leadership potential in Clay County citizens. Participants go through a challenging curriculum with educational and participatory exercises. Leadership Clay is focused around learning about many facets of the community such as media, local government, education, health care, industry, nonprofits, military and law enforcement. Katie Vineyard, Chief Operations Officer of Challenge Enterprises, is also an alumnus of Leadership Clay Class of 2011.
Challenge Enterprises loves the annual visits from Leadership Clay as they learn about nonprofits and our specific mission to promote the Power of People and Possibilities for individuals living with disabilities. We have a lot to show in our warehouse including Shred for Good, our secure document destruction business line and our Landsberg operation that manufactures packaging and shipping materials called Insta Paks. During the most recent visit from the Class of 2015, participants learned how individuals with disabilities manufacture all kinds of items from Trauma Packets for Safariland Group Bulletproof Vests to Mystery Bags for Natural Life.
Our Green Cove Spring location also includes our Life Skills Development program where individuals with significant disabilities have the opportunity to practice daily living tasks and receive job training. Leadership Clay received a warm welcome as Carl Johns, a participant of the Life Skills program, gave a guided tour of the garden he tends to daily. The vegetables and herbs grown from the garden are then used in the cooking class where all the participants get to enjoy the wonderful flavors and nutritious foods.
Jim Hickerson, the Director of the Life Skills Development Program, educated the leadership class of the vision and future growth for the program. Community involvement is essential in spreading awareness to the different ways individuals and businesses can take part in promoting the Power of People and Possibilities. Challenge Enterprises provides quality services to our community while providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. We hope to make Challenge Enterprises a household name for our community and beyond.