CORE is partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Ft. Wayne, IN at 4747 Lima Rd. The CORE Vocational Training Program is in full swing and loving it! Come out to the ReStore and meet with our trainees as they are busy learning a variety of skills. The ReStore has opened the COREner in order to offer customers an opportunity to support the Vocational Training Program inside the ReStore by purchasing donated School, Office, and Craft supplies located in the COREner!
If you have been visiting our website, you may notice that not much has changed lately. That is a stark contrast to our store and our vocational training program for young adults with disabilities! The store continues to grow offering products and materials that change daily. Our training program is developing some real talent as our young people learn new skills that will allow them to gain employment within the community. If you would like to follow the progress of these talented young men and women, check out our Facebook page. Here you will find the latest news about product, training accomplishments, and job placements. And, as always, stop in at the store and say hello! Our trainees are always happy to assist new customers and show off their new found skills. Congratulations to Josh who was just hired by the TinCaps!
Congratulations to Tyler who completed his vocational training at CORE and was placed in a job at Fort Wayne Metals! Tyler is proof that with a little support, individuals with disabilities can do great things. Thanks to FWM for their support of CORE and Tyler.
‘Just One of Us’
Upon meeting Tyler Sarrazine, you see that he uses a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy. But what you also recognize about the 19-year-old is his spirited personality and tremendous work ethic that altogether overshadows any apparent disability.
Tyler is the first wheelchair-bound person to work at Fort Wayne Metals. When he was hired in October 2016 to work in the warehouse, Tyler, a Northside High School Fort Wayne, IN. graduate, had to prove himself capable and hardworking, just like any other new employee. And he hasn’t let himself or anyone at Fort Wayne Metals down.
“He’s proven himself,” says warehouse manager, Brian Minich. “Tyler takes pride in his work and he’s very meticulous when it comes to quality. He’s a great fit and valuable to our team.”
Tyler's speech and physical limitations don’t prevent him from excelling in his job of operating a drill to create holes into the spools that are eventually wrapped with lifesaving medical wire. He drills holes into as many as 1,800 spools a day! In fact, Tyler performs 95 percent of all the spool drilling over the three days he works each week.
Tyler, who likes listening to AC/DC and working out, enjoys working at Fort Wayne Metals.
“I like how the company is run. The people are great,” he says.
His coworkers feel the same about him.
“People will tease him and he’ll tease them right back – he holds his own very well,” says Brian. “We don’t see Tyler as a person with disabilities, we see him as a colleague who is vital to what we do here at Fort Wayne Metals. He is just one of us.”
THE WAIT IS OVER! CORE will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 15! It has been a daunting process, but we did it! Thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers, countless hours of work from Co-Executive Director Julie Williams on the build-out, and some very generous donors, we are ready to open our doors. Please visit us at our new location 841 Northcrest Shopping Center (right behind Kohls). Store hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 10-6. Thank you for your patience during our move. We are excited to welcome you to our new store!
It's always nice to get the word out about the great things going on at CORE! Today, co-executive directors Lori Heiges and Julie Williams had a chance to share a little information on CORE, The Resource Store and our Vocational Training Program for Young Adults with Disabilities. A special thanks to Dirk Rowley for his support of our mission and his interest in promoting our cause. Our first annual fundraiser "Pour for CORE" is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for Sept. 8 at 5:30 and join us for an evening of food, music, adult beverages, and musical entertainment by some of Fort Wayne's finest! Tickets can be purchased at ProFed on Saint Joe River Drive or at the door the night of the event. Are you a teacher? Show your school ID and get a ticket for half off! We hope to see you there!
CORE is hosting its first annual Craft Beer Sampling Event to raise funds for our Vocational Training Program for Young Adults with Disabilities! Tickets include beer, wine, and soft drinks provided by Five Star Distributing and food provided by Casa's Restorante. Entertainment for the evening will include sets by Mike Conley, David Todoran, and Soul35. Tickets are $50.00 each and will be available at our new location in Northcrest Shopping Center once we open. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the event. Additional locations to purchase tickets will be posted as they become available. Make plans now to enjoy an evening of food and drink while supporting a worthy cause!
The moment we have all been waiting for has come! CORE is thrilled to announce its NEW LOCATION in the Northcrest Shopping Center! CORE's new store will be in the former Army Recruiters building at the back of Kohls. We are excited to get things under way. Keep checking back for our opening day announcement. Thank you all for your continued support!
You have probably heard by now that CORE is moving. You are also probably wondering just where our new store will be. Well, so are we! We thought we had found a perfect location a few months ago, but lease complications caused us to look in another direction. Have no fear, however, as we are hard at work looking for just the right place to house our product and continue to give our trainees valuable training experiences. We would be remiss if we didn't continue to thank ProFed for the use of their building for the past five years. Their assistance has allowed us to focus on our mission while expanding our reach into the community. We would also be remiss if we didn't thank the wonderful businesses and customers in the '05. We have loved being a part of such a vibrant community. Please note that the store will remain open through June; our hours will be the same except for that we will not be open on Saturdays. Make sure to continue to check our Facebook and website pages for updates on the move. Unfortunately, we cannot take any donations during this transition period. Make sure to continue to visit the store as we will be continuing to deplete our inventory to prepare for the move. The deals won't get much better than this! Stay tuned!
We always have known that Fort Wayne business leaders are some of the finest! These last few months have proven that and some! Our first hires came from Target and the TinCaps, two local staples in our community who took a chance on our trainees and have found these new hires to be great assets to their businesses. Now, we are thrilled to be adding Kroger and Fort Wayne Metals to that list as we work to place several more of our trainees in jobs that will assist them as they become more independent. We are thrilled to see businesses taking part in outreach programs that strengthen our community. It takes a tribe...or just one GREAT city.
Thank you to 21Alive for their great coverage on CORE's Vocational Training Program! Click on the picture below to watch the news segment that aired on April 15.