Black Hills Works: Building a Better Future for Rapid City | Brand Avenue Studios
Being part of a community is more than where you live. It’s about learning and growing together to make the place we call home better for everyone.
At Black Hills Works, adults with disabilities receive the support they need to become meaningful members of our community. With residential support, community activities and day service programs, they can live their best lives as neighbors, employees, friends, volunteers, artists, athletes and leaders.
Learn more about Black Hills Works, the 600 people they support and the huge impact it has on our community!
Conquer lifethe obstacles of – together
The Black Hills Works team not only help adults with disabilities face everyday challenges, they are also there to cheer on wins and help get through tough times. As a person supported by Black Hills Works, Bonnie Barnhart received the help she needed to regain confidence in her abilities and pursue her goal of walking again. “I have improved a lot. There are so many angels at Black Hills Works, ”says Bonnie.
Advocacy for a better future
Taking a stand for adults with disabilities around the world, Bonnie traveled to Washington DC to discuss the critical need for adequate support for community service providers like Black Hills Works. This act is in keeping with Black Hills Works’ mission to be part of the community, not only in the community. In keeping with this mission, the entire Black Hills Works family prioritizes community work and volunteerism to help everyone achieve their goals and dreams, regardless of their ability.
Develop lasting relationships
“Black Hills Works is my family,” Bonnie shares. “Everyone here is a friend; they are my family. ”Bonnie’s statement echoes the feelings not only of other supported people, but also of the staff who help them live fully each day. For the team at Black Hills Works, going to work is about more than just collecting a paycheck – it’s about bonding a rewarding career that improves the lives of everyone involved.
Provide creative outlets
Black Hills Works also offers platforms for actors and artists of all skill levels to grow and create together.
Founded in 2008, Flutter Productions celebrates the human spirit as artists – with and without disabilities – show off their artistic flair on stage. Flutter Productions not only offers shows that make the night on the town a special one, but also offers acting classes and camps open to all members of the community.
The Suzie Cappa Art Center, tucked away in downtown Rapid City, houses works of art created by over 20 full-time artists of all skill levels in a variety of mediums. Self-guided tours are available in the art studio and non-profit gallery, and original pieces can be purchased. The proceeds from donations and sales are reinvested in fundraising so that artists can continue to pursue their dreams.
Provide gainful employment opportunities
Earning an income gives a sense of pride and independence to those supported by Black Hills Works, with almost half of those supported being employed across our community. Bonnie, who works for Lesli Pond, a secretary for Black Hills Works in their community support services department, appreciates the opportunity, which is reflected in her work. “Bonnie has a great work ethic,” Lesli said. “She’s reliable, detailed and overall a great colleague. She has a smile and a friendly word to everyone she comes in contact with.
The Black Hills Works family also offers jobs to people supported by EchoWorks, an electronics recycling service, and Unique Auto Grooming, a professional-grade retail business.
How can you help create a community where everyone participates to live a life full of potential? There are many ways to be a part of Black Hills Works!
Whether you are a business owner with a vacant position, looking for a way to volunteer your time or finances, or just want to make a difference in someone’s life, there is a place for you. you. At Black Hills Works, there are many ways to create opportunity for those we support.
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Looking for a career at Black Hills Works? In addition to a rewarding, supportive and fun work environment, you will earn a competitive salary and an exceptional benefits package that includes health, vision and dental benefits, 23 paid days off over the course of your first year of employment, 401k up to 5% and much more!
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