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September 15, 2013

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LAWRENCE — More than 225 guests and residents of American Training’s workforce development, rehabilitative day programs and residential homes celebrated personal milestones this year at American Training’s “Celebrate Good Times Gala” on May 10, at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The Mardi Gras themed celebration was in recognition of the dedication these individuals have shown throughout years of program attendance and their unique contributions to the local community. Guests attend American Training in order to enrich their present lives as well as better their future through life skills education and guided employment. The gala event was American Training’s way of marking yet another year of fulfilling meaningful days for their guests. Individuals that come to American Training, Inc. do so through the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and local school districts to utilize unique support programs and specialized housing options. Some of those who were honored at this event have been part of the American Training family for over 30 years and attend programs in Lawrence, Lowell, or Wakefield locations. These people work in local businesses, volunteer their time at many community organizations and lend their talents to the manufacturing community through an on-site work center. Day Services is the branch of American Training that addresses the therapeutic, medical, clinical, and social needs of their guests to create a meaningful day. Guests are presented with activities that are goal-specific and designed to be both meaningful and functional to the developmental needs of each individual guest while being engaging, challenging, and fun. Residents of American Training’s residential programs call one of the 13 group residences in Andover, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, or Newburyport, home in every sense of the word. Each specialized residential support service is geared toward affirming the dignity of its residents and advocating for their right to participate in their communities. American Training, Inc. programs support unemployed workers in need of technical training; young parents and youth in need of direction; and people with disabilities or mental illnesses who want to more fully participate in their community, or need a place to live. For more information, call 978-258-2815 or visit americantraininginc.com.

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