Materion, of Brewster, a global leader in advanced materials that enable technologies to create a safer and more sustainable world, recently presented Community Based Services of North Salem with a $5,000 donation to fund its innovative new Hudson Valley InterArts Center at 40 Jon Barrett Road, Patterson.
One in four Americans has a disability, and many face barriers to employment and to full community inclusion. Community Based Services, and its business partners like Materion, are removing these barriers by providing jobs and opportunities to engage fully in the community.
Materion’s involvement in the Hudson Valley InterArts Center furthers its belief in accepting and embracing differences. The donation plays a key role in providing a transformative community arts experience for many people, including those with disabilities.
Materion previously partnered with Community Based Services in its Supported Employment Program, recently hiring “Erin” as an administrative worker to its team. With the help of a job coach, Erin scans product orders into Materion’s computer system, ensuring they go into the proper file destination.
According to Human Resources Director Jordan Zubini, Erin is already making a difference in the short time she’s been part of the Materion team.
“We are grateful for companies like Materion that are invested in their community and in hiring people with diverse backgrounds and skills,” said CBS Chief Executive Officer Vicki Sylvester. “We asked them to help and without any hesitation they said ‘yes’ to hiring Erin and to supporting our local efforts at Hudson Valley InterArts.”
The Hudson Valley InterArts Center is CBS’s latest innovation. Like all of its individualized programming, CBS brings creativity and care to everything it offers, and the InterArts Center is just one more example of that. It creates inclusive community and expressive arts, bridging technique, friendship and self-development.
The center is fast becoming a vibrant arts hub in the Hudson Valley where people of all abilities take interactive classes in music, art, crafts, pottery, dance, drama, yoga and more.
New renovations will begin in the spring, with the expansion of creative spaces including a performance center, personal art spaces and a pottery studio. Also, a music and podcast recording studio is slated to open later this year. For more information, visit hudsonvalleyinterarts.org.
CBS seeks to provide people with autism and other disabilities the best quality of life through residential and community-based opportunities. The agency has been enriching lives, providing jobs and cultivating dreams for people with disabilities since 1981. For more information on this and other CBS programs, visit https://commbasedservices.org.