2022 in Review

Welcome to QC Enews Empowerment

We’ve crunched the numbers, took a look at the reports, and synthesized the findings, and after all that analysis, I can sum it up for you in one sentence:

2022 was a terrific year for Quality Connections.  

Which is why I’m so excited to share with you our Community Impact Report below. In a series of graphics, it shows how hard our member worked to try new experiences and expand their skills. It also illustrates how we have grown as an organization.

Those achievement are spurring us on to make 2023 even more impactful as we help individuals with disabilities on their journey to greater independence.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Enews Empowerment.

– Armando Bernasconi,
Co-Founder and CEO

2022 in Review

The pioneering spirit of Quality Connections continued this past year with new programs to better serve our members and our community.

We worked hard, launching the Evergreen Academy Preschool in April to better meet the early childhood education needs of our community. We also created a student-run radio station, Route 66 The Ghost as part of our Adult Montessori program, QC Learning.  But we also found time for play, with three adaptive snowsport trips to Arizona Snowbowl.

These new programs augmented our already existing programs, where we continue to focus on innovative ways of serving people with disabilities.

In 2022, we served a total of 333 individuals, including 128 employees working at Quality Connections or in the community, all contributing to the local economy. Our Employment Services team trained 142 workers with disabilities or barriers, with more than 15,000 hours of direct care services provided. We also provided more than 69,000 hours of direct care services in our six group homes.

One of the highlights of 2022 for QC Office was being presented the Best of Business Award from Flagstaff Business News for best office supplies provided.

QC Office, where almost 80 percent of the labor is done by workers with disabilities, is the social enterprise program that provides training and real-world employment for our Employment Services members.

QC Office is also a major “green” contributor to our community through our e-waste division. In 2022 alone, we recycled more than 21,000 pounds of electronic waste that would have otherwise wound up in our community’s landfill.

Click HERE to view the full Community Impact report for 2022.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM) is a nationwide observance in March to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and to  address the barriers that those with disabilities face. It is sponsored by National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, which supports programs that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion works for all people in the United States with developmental disabilities.

Learn more here.

We need Quality Connections . . . like you!

You can help individuals with disabilities become independent and productive members of our community. There are many way to be a ‘Quality Connection’ and get involved and all of them are important:

Every purchase from QC Office equals employment and job training opportunities for a person with disabilities.

Enable a person with disabilities to become a productive member of our community.

You’ll be doing good. Plus, you’ll get a dollar-for-dollar credit on your AZ state taxes (up to $800!)

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