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Good Life: Positive achievements for March 11

Health Quest Urgent Care recently donated 10 first aid kits to Rebuilding Together Dutchess County.

Rebuilding Together repairs and revitalizes homes in Dutchess County, donating services and materials to rehabilitate residences of low-income and elderly homeowners.

Each Rebuilding Together project site receives a package of materials specific to that building project, first aid kits being one of them. The kits provided by Health Quest will update previous ones.

“Offering these updated first aid kits to Rebuilding Together joins us in a combined mission of service to the community,” said Dr. Shantala Sonnad, medical director of Health Quest Urgent Care, which has offices in LaGrangeville and Wappingers Falls. “Minor injuries happen all of the time and though we hope you never need urgent care, we’re here seven days a week should you have a pressing accident.”

“We’re thankful for our volunteers at Rebuilding Together and their safety is a top priority. We hope there isn’t ever a need for urgent care at any of our sites, but it is comforting to know that Health Quest Urgent Care has our back!” said Christina Boryk, Rebuilding Together executive director.

Two firms partner to support employment for disabled

Throughout the Hudson Valley, many companies recognize the value in hiring people with disabilities. Last October, 25 of these organizations were honored at a National Disability Employment Awareness Month event. It was at this event that two local companies decided to partner to continue their mission of supporting employment and opportunity for people of all abilities.

Hannaford Supermarkets’ Pawling location was nominated by Dutchess ARC as an equal opportunity partner for its commitment to recruiting, hiring and promoting individuals with disabilities. With Hannaford’s commitment to not only equal opportunity employment but also to its Close to Home program which works to stock locally sourced products, they connected with Good Reasons, a Hudson Valley-based company that employs an integrated work force to produce all natural, human grade dog treats. The Pawling Hannaford recently placed their first order for a display of Good Reasons’ dog treats.

Good Reasons was launched in 2014. Founder Vicki Sylvester, Ph. D., has a 30-year history of advocacy for people with disabilities. Sylvester is the CEO of Community Based Services, an organization that provides individualized care to disabled people throughout the Hudson Valley, including training and seeking out employment opportunities. Good Reasons is based in North Salem, with production offices in Poughkeepsie and Brewster.