A New Leaf helps developmentally disabled get jobs

Tulsa World news post, December 15, 2013

Hannah Scott loves to sing.

When snow caused her job to close for a few days, she stayed at home in Inola, listening to music and singing along.

“She’d love to sing in a gospel group,” said the 21-year-old’s mother, Mary Jane Scott. “She loves the Gaithers.”

Specifically, she loves Mark Lowry, the Gaither Vocal Band’s baritone and an award-winning vocalist and humorist.

Perhaps more simply put, Hannah just loves. Period.

That includes the students and staff at Inola Elementary and Middle schools, between which she splits her work week, making copies for teachers at the former, doing janitorial jobs at the latter.

Hannah is one of many success stories that began with A New Leaf Inc., a Tulsa Area United Way agency that provides individuals with developmental disabilities marketable job training through horticultural therapy, community-based vocational placement, and residential services to increase their independence and individual choices.

About 24,000 people in the Tulsa metro area have a developmental disability, according to information from A New Leaf. Of those, 1,000 are employed, leaving approximately 23,000 at home, isolated from the community, from society.

As the name suggests, A New Leaf works to change those statistics.

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