Wellsville Dairy Queen recognized

Wellsville DQ General Manager Jenny Barnhart (center) accepts a plaque honoring the store for its part in helping employ people with developmental disabilities from Shirley Bowald (left) and Paul Anthony of the Reach 4 More program. (Submitted photo)

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville Dairy Queen restaurant has been recognized for its willingness to serve as a community-based work assessment site for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Shirley Bowald, employment development manager for the Reach 4 More program, outlined the the process clients would go through with the Dairy Queen.

“Such sites are willing to try a person out for two or three weeks, helping us assess their skill levels and areas needing improvement,” Bowald said.

The Wellsville Dairy Queen has in the past employed both physically and developmentally disabled people, and is open to hiring more.

General Manager Jenny Barnhart, who has worked at the store for 11 years, stated the new owners, a married couple incorporated as GPM Food Partners LLC, are very supportive in the efforts to employ disabled persons, and continuing the caring traditions of long-time owner Darlene Porter.

The Wellsville Dairy Queen was opened more than 50 years ago by Dale Rufener and Darlene Porter. Rufener also owned the former Dairy Queen on Dresden Avenue in East Liverpool.

The Wellsville location was passed on to their daughter Tammy Palma. GPM purchased the Wellsville DQ on July 11, 2017.

Reach 4 More, a program of the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities, works to find jobs in their local communities for CCBDD clients.

For more information about Reach 4 More and related programs, people may contact Shirley Bowald or Paul Anthony at 330-870-4272.