Yamada North America, Inc. received three nominations for this award. Yamada is a major contributor in the South Charleston community. Today we are recognizing the important role Yamada provides to individuals with developmental disabilities through internship and employment. In August 2017 Yamada reached out to Developmental Disabilities of Clark County with the desire to increase their workforce. Shortly after, the Focus Forward program was developed to provide individuals with hands-on work experience. The Focus Forward program is consortium of local partners including Springfield High School, Developmental Disabilities of Clark Count, TAC, and Yamada. In just a years’ time, thirty-four individuals have gained work experience at Yamada, and two have been hired as employees. This new formed partnership reminds all of us that we are more alike than different.
Presenter, Horton Hobbs