• We're proud to be the Navarre area's only independent professionally run Chamber of Commerce with an office located in the "Heart of Navarre" at 1804 Prado Street.  

    As we have for almost 50 years, we remain focused on our mission: "To promote civic and economic prosperity throughout our community."



  • Inclusion + Equity in Employment

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    October 25, 2022
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    Equity in Employment

    We work every day so no person with a disability gets left behind



    Employment Services

    The disability community is one of the most overlooked talent pools in today’s labor force, causing many job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to remain unemployed and costing employers the opportunity to boost workforce diversity and add value to their organization. At the same time, many employers who want to hire people with disabilities are hindered by a lack of training and capacity to provide accommodations and supports to their new hires.
    For more than 50 years, The Arc Gateway has worked with public and private sector corporations to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity. Our team of disability employment coaches uses a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to support local and national organizations to recruit, hire, and retain talented job seekers with disabilities.
    Additionally, we work with job seekers - our clients with IDD - to find a position that fits their needs, empowering them to earn a paycheck and live more independently.
    Don't underestimate people with disabilities. Hire smarter, add value to the workplace, and create a culture of diversity and inclusion with The Arc Gateway.
    Learn more about employment services →


    Our confidential shredding services provide secure document shredding to businesses and individuals.
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    Participants cut, label and package each sample of Armstrong’s ceiling tiles before they are wrapped and shipped nationwide.
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    Our crews perform jobs such as grounds and janitorial maintenance work at the Welcome Station.
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    At this industrial facility, we make commercial products and service multiple large-scale contracts.
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    Meet Elijah

    Facing challenges with strength and support


    Elijah had been looking for a job for about a month prior to entering our Employment Services program. With support and one-on-one coaching with program staff, helping him identify openings, fill out applications and prepare for interviews, Elijah felt far more prepared and was grateful to have help and encouragement as he entered the job market once again.  
    When the opportunity arose to work with one of our partners, Vannoy's Tires, Elijah was enthusiastic about the chance to have purposeful work that would allow him to earn a paycheck. Vannoy's was just as enthusiastic about bringing Elijah on board.
    "We recognize the importance of an inclusive and diverse workforce and value the contributions employees like Elijah bring to our organization," said Jeff Vannoy. 
    "As a family-run business, Vannoy's Tires is deeply invested in our community and in helping hard-working people throughout this area succeed. Elijah has proven to be a capable and dependable part of our team. We are proud of him and proud of our affiliation with such an impactful non-profit like The Arc Gateway, who helps put people to work every day."
    Elijah has been with Vannoy's for about 4 months, where  he cuts old, unusable tires to prepare them for disposal. He says the job has made him stronger and greatly enjoys showing off his biceps as proof. When he's not working, Elijah can be found immersed in anime or spending time with his family.
    The Arc Gateway operates transportation services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our fleet of shuttle buses and vans transport clients to their homes, classes, trainings, recreation, entertainment, medical appointments and work opportunities.
    Mobility allows our clients to live fuller lives, and we are proud to partner with Vannoy's Tires, Inc. as both an Employment Services partner and as an MVP. Your organization can help move our mission forward too!
    As an Arc Gateway MVP (Motor Vehicle Partner), you have the opportunity to affiliate your business with a highly respected nonprofit while receiving the benefits of billboard advertising that travels throughout our community. Your sponsorship also underwrites a significant portion of The Arc Gateway’s transportation services, allows us to replenish and maintain vehicles and offsets operation costs.
    Request more info on our MVP opportunities



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