Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-NJ, was recently honored as an AbilityOne® Congressional Champion of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. On Thursday, September 5, Rep. Sherrill visited Employment Horizons, a not-for-profit based in Morris County that assists individuals with barriers to employment. Also visiting the agency was SourceAmerica®, an organization that provides employment choices for individuals with disabilities through the AbilityOne nonprofit agency community. After a tour, the Congresswoman was recognized in a joint presentation hosted by these two organizations. Rep. Sherrill is now the newest member of the 160 certified Congressional Champions from 43 states and the District of Columbia, and the only current legislator in New Jersey to achieve such distinction.
After being presented with the award, Rep. Sherrill noted that, “Employment Horizons and the AbilityOne Program serve individuals with disabilities and other barriers through innovative programs and employment opportunities in the greater Morris County area. I am so honored to have received the AbilityOne Congressional Champion Award and am committed to making sure our constituents living with disabilities have access to employment opportunities.”
In order to become an AbilityOne Congressional Champion, the individual must demonstrate commitment to employment opportunities for individual with disabilities and publicly show their support. Earlier this year, Rep. Sherrill met with advocates of the AbilityOne Program from Employment Horizons in her D.C. office during SourceAmerica’s Grassroots Conference. She has also visited Picatinny Arsenal military base, an AbilityOne contract site. In addition, her office utilizes products that are manufactured as part of the program.
“Employment Horizons is honored to be a long-time partner with SourceAmerica and the AbilityOne program in ensuring employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Congresswoman Sherrill has been committed to services for individuals with disabilities since before taking office, and we were pleased to have her tour our programs and to present her with an AbilityOne Congressional Champion award in recognition of her support,” said Matthew Putts, CEO of Employment Horizons.
“As the congressional founders of the AbilityOne Program, Senator Robert Wagner and Representative Caroline O’Day, are no longer with us, support from current Members of Congress like Congresswoman Sherrill is critically important,” said John Kelly, Vice President of
Government Affairs for SourceAmerica. “We are happy to recognize her as an AbilityOne Congressional Champion today.”
The AbilityOne Congressional Champions Program was established in 2002 to honor representatives and senators who have demonstrated a commitment to constituents with disabilities and the AbilityOne Program.