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Sun Gazette: Advocates for Those With Disabilities Honored by Linden Resources Print


Created:  Tuesday, September 25, 2012  11:45AM


Arlington-based Linden Resources recently honored individuals and organizations for their efforts to support local residents with disabilities live constructive and engaged lives through improved employment opportunities.

The Partner Awards were presented as part of the organization's annual meeting, held Sept. 20 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center.

Among those honored was Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th), who patroned successful legislation in the General Assembly that expands the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to contract with state and local governments. The effort is expected to lead to additional employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

The law went into effect July 1, and will "create a 'level playing field' in pursuit of creating more jobs for people with disabilities," Hope said.

Also honored with Partner Awards were Joanna Wise Barnes, bureau chief of intellectual and development disability services at the Arlington Department of Human Services; the Aurora Hills Library; and the county school system.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to publicly thank these individuals and organizations for the valuable service and contributions that they have made in the lives of people with disabilities and their families," said Linda Chandler, CEO of Linden Resources. The organization, founded 53 years ago, was known from many years as SOC Enterprises.

Also honored at the annual meeting were Madi Geen and Jennifer Murphy, for their service on the organization's board, and Garett Daxon, who received the Outstanding Employee Service Award.

At the meeting, Lisa Lopinsky was elected chairman of the Linden board of directors, and John Nolan, Allison Carroll, Richard Brewster and Ranjan Dutta were announced as new members of the board.

For more information, see the Web site at www.linden.org.