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The Access Program staff - Tim Robbins, Leslie Gann, Sheila Nolley and Deyci Revelario. SUBMITTED

You may be reading this before you go to work, at work, or after work. And you may not like your job, but at least you have one.

A vast amount of people in the world obtain employment without much thought. Those who have barriers to employment can turn to The Access Program for help.

The philosophy of The Access Program is that every person has the choice to live productively in their community. The Center assists in searching for and developing many types of jobs ranging from entry to high level. The Access Program spans across Tennessee with offices located in Gallatin, Cookeville, Jamestown, and Maryville. The Gallatin location covers Sumner, Wilson, Macon, and Trousdale counties.

The Access Program is run by director Tim Robbins, with help in the Gallatin office from

Leslie Gann, Sheila Nolley and Deyci Revelario. Gann and Revelario assess their client's abilities and discuss the client's dream job. Nolley goes out in the community to find employers willing to give them a chance. After the worker's employment, all three of the ladies provide job coaching and support for them.

Nolley said she likes helping others and seeing the joy on people's faces on their first day of work. Some of the hardest moments for her is getting employers to look past barriers. The desire of The Access Program is to eliminate stigma, instill hope, and champion the voice of those served through advocacy and education.

People who are happy to work, proud to arrive on time, and complete their duties to the best of their abilities are what the Center employees appreciate the most in a perspective client.

The Center's main objective is for each client to prosper and reach his or her full

potential as a productive and independent member of their community. The Access Program is looking for employers that will assist in giving opportunities to their clients. If your business would like to help, you may contact Sheila Nolley at (615) 924-0928.

The Center employees form a bond with each of their clients and keep in touch after their successful employment outcome. I know this because the helpful staff gave me the opportunity for employment writing for the Portland Sun. I am glad that I can be a contributing member of the community.

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September 13, 2017 at 6:39pm
What types of barriers? Disabled-felons-elderly-mentally ill?-..it doesn't give any examples of types of barriers. In any case, it is a commendable thing to do for whichever population they serve.
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