Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lifetime Fitness

Work specialy for lifetime fitness ,,........
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. One local company believes their business couldn't run without their extended team members.

There’s a group of workers at Lifetime fitness in Eden Prairie that bring a little something extra special to their jobs. The Minnesota-based company has teamed up with community organizations like, Equality Pathways for Potential, to give people with developmental disabilities the chance to bring home some self worth.

About 40 percent of Lifetime Fitness facilities across the country employ workers with special needs, including about 80 workers in Minnesota.

They provide work ranging from hospitality and keeping the gym and its equipment clean. But these jobs are about more than just the money, especially for Jenny Weldon.

"If I didn't have a job, I’d just go crazy at home all day,” said Weldon. “I go crazy enough as it is for a couple of hours in the evening without anything to do."

Weldon says if she didn't have her job, she would have never had the chance to work and meet all different kinds of people.

"Everyone respects that we come here to help out and come here to clean the place and to help the members make it look nice for them," she said.

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