Business partnership profoundly impacts lives

Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities

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.

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