WhirliDogs Training Center, Inc.
To be announced in the Fall of 2022.
215 Goldsboro Street, South is one block from the WhirliGig Park in Historic Downtown Wilson.
Like many towns in North Carolina, Wilson, lacks opportunities for teenagers and young adults with disabilities to gain necessary real-world experience in a work environment that is vital to their success at gaining both monetary income and independence. Students with disabilities often graduate from high school with little to no work experience and find it almost impossible to find employment including volunteer opportunities. WhirliDogs Café, (now under construction) will function as a live training center incorporating classes and employment for persons with disabilities to learn both the hard and soft skills needed to work in the hospitality field. Two major goals of the program are to provide a “first work experience” for individual’s resumes crucial to opening up other opportunities of employment, as well as demonstrating to the public the positive outcomes and value of employing this loyal and hard working group of individuals.
Research shows if a person with Intellectual Disabilities has one work-based experience in high school, the chances for employment double, and if a young adult with I/D has two work-based learning experiences, his or her chances for employment are five times that of a young adult with I/D with no work-based learning experiences. Employment leads to many benefits including gaining independence, increased confidence, decision making, problem-solving, gaining an increased sense of purpose, more diverse interactions, and involvement in the community.