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Two are better than one…

The idea of the Two Foundation came from the verse Ecclesiastes 4: 9 and 10. “Two are better than one because they have a good return on their work. If one falls down, the other can pick him up.”

It also comes from the concept of the “peer buddy system” used in some schools. Instead of an adult aide helping the student, another student is trained and brought alongside to guide and model. It is a win, win for all involved. Our goal is to recreate the “peer buddy system” in the workplace. Two will train a fellow employee who will then become the job coach and support for our Two clients to ensure full integration into the workplace. We desire to come alongside families to support, encourage and provide the latest information as they raise, love and guide their family member into the workplace. This is a continuation of a journey I started twenty years ago.

I am so excited to see where this leads us as we venture together into the workplace.

Shari Hunter ( Founder, CEO, MOM)

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Creating Opportunities for Students within the Workforce

A growing number of students on IEPs are leaving high school with job skills, but employment opportunities are limited. Schools are focusing education on academic and vocational skills that will benefit the individuals after high school, but the businesses are not always affording the opportunities of employment to this population. Partnerships with local businesses will give students the opportunity to gain high-level skills necessary to move on to the next level of employment. The majority of the students would not need supported employment for an extended time. When businesses open their doors to form a partnership with the schools, they are in actuality increasing their business. Local school employees and families would be more likely to support businesses that support students. Another advantage of schools and business forming partnerships would be that the businesses could inform the school of the specific job skills that are necessary for students to be successful in various fields of employment. The schools, in turn, could incorporate them into their vocational training, therefore, producing students ready to work and decrease on the job training. A partnership would be a win-win situation for all parties.

Written by: Shari Hunter

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“Why I want to be involved in the Two Foundation.”

One magic day she passed my way; the greatest thing you ever learn is to love and be loved in return. To my 25-year-old daughter, Lauren, my heart is filled with gratitude. We have come a long way together. I believe in chasing dreams and all my dreams for you came true. It’s amazing what love can do!

Now it has come time for me to let you go; to spread your wings and fly. Whatever you are is perfect to me, but I know you have goals and dreams for your life that you want to see come true. I am your biggest fan and as long as I live I will be routing you on, encouraging you to dream BIG.

So give it all you’ve got. Here’s to life and all the joy it brings. Here’s to life and dreamers of their dreams. Here’s to life; here’s to love; here’s to you, my pride and joy, Lauren.

So you see, my involvement in the Two Foundation is a matter of the heart. I want to be a part of a mission team where we dream to see others dreams for their lives come true.

Written by Donna Fayerman

Two Foundation Board Member