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DSCR Wins National Award

The Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) recently won national recognition for its employment of individuals with developmental disabilities at a conference sponsored by NISH, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing Federal contracts through the AbilityOne Program, formerly known as the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program.

The DSCR received the award at the NISH National Training and Achievement Conference in May in Grapevine, Texas. Locally, the DSCR works in conjunction with the Greater Richmond ARC to provide employment for 70 individuals with developmental disabilities. For their outstanding support of an AbilityOne-producing nonprofit agency, the DSCR received the 2006 NISH Government Award for Local Federal Customer Support-Military Category award.

'Partnering with NISH has been a win/win situation for everyone involved. It helps us serve as good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and it provides an opportunity for those who are eager to demonstrate their capabilities rather than their limitations,' said Colonel Steve Franklin, who accepted the award on behalf of DSCR.

The Greater Richmond ARC's President Marshall Butler nominated DSCR for the award, citing the long and successful relationship between the DSCR and. ARC, whose employees provide contract services including tasks such as grounds maintenance.

'We want to congratulate the DSCR on this prestigious award and recognize the importance of our ongoing relationship with them in obtaining meaningful employment for our members,' said Butler.

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