Although he’d wanted a job more than anything, 37-year-old Delbert Hensley had never had a permanent, full-time job – until this year.
“I’ve been doing temp services all my life,” he said. “You name it, I did it. For a person with a disability, the most you can usually get is a little $8-an-hour job and the work is so hard you can barely do it.”
But a profound change has happened this year in Delbert’s life, thanks to a new partnership between the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities and ThyssenKrupp Billstein of America, a Hamilton-based manufacturer of high-end shock absorbers.
The partnership, dubbed “Project Team,” has given the Fairfield Township resident and five other people supported by the Butler County Board of DD a chance to work at full-time jobs that provide a “living wage.” That means each will get the shot at independence they’ve never known.