Room in ‘a caring business’ for workers with disabilities

Pictured (from left) Shirley Bowald, Julie Scott, Matt Cilone and Paul Anthony. (Submitted photo)

CALCUTTA — There’s room in “a caring business” for workers with developmental disabilities, says the head of human resources for the Calcutta Health Care Center.

More than that, it’s good business in other ways, according to Matt Cilone.

“We hire as many people with disabilities as we can. They are good workers,” said Cilone. “We are in the caring business and they are so good with our patients. They are wonderful.”

Cilone said currently there are three such employees in three different departments of the nursing home and rehabilitation facility.

Cilone and Julie Scott, head of housekeeping, accepted a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the center from Shirley Bowald and Paul Anthony from Reach 4 More, a program of the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Bowald, job development manager, said Cilone also serves those with disabilities with his experience, participating in a recently formed multi-agency planning team in the county. The team’s goal is to help recent high school graduates with disabilities make the transition to the adult world of work and life. He is one of several local business persons on the team.