Jewelry Store Fulfills Dreams For Special Needs Employees

Since getting ownership of Strawtown Jewelry on South Main Street in New City, ARC of Rockland has been opening the doors for people with disabilities to fill various positions. They can work behind the counter, ring up customers, answer phones, and someday, even make the jewelry.

ARC officials say they are hoping to lead by example in showing that people with disabilities are excellent employees. “We always strive to tell other businesses to give them opportunities to work cause they're just like everybody else and they need a job and this is us leading by example,” says store manager Jessica Lowther.

For Rochelle Braunstein, one of many new employees, a simple job offer was a dream come true. Braunstein knows all too well what it's like to be treated differently. “They would call me retarded and that would feel like pretty bad because you don't want to be called that you know, it's a shame.” Now, she's excited to be treated equally and explore the many opportunities her new role has to offer. “Well it means a lot, because I like jewelry and I like wearing it,” says Braunstein.

ARC of Rockland provides support and services to more than 1,200 people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. They hope to start a chain reaction in getting other stores open and running like Strawtown Jewelry in the near future.

To watch the video and read the full story, click here.

Non-Profit Matches Veterans with Therapy Dogs for Life Changing Support

Brett Simon was a veteran K9 police officer who went on to work as a contractor for the Department of the Army as a bomb dog handler. However, after serving two tours in Iraq, he returned home suffering from PTSD.

Led by his Mom, Shari Duval, who had worked for veteran's charities near their home in Jacksonville Florida, Brett's family undertook two years of research to find a solution to help Brett and others with this condition.

Their research focused on canine assistance for PTSD. Ultimately, they started a non-profit organization. K9s For Warriors, dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of their military service (post 9/11).

Keep reading... Show less

Determined Texas Teen's Non Profit Feeds Hungry Children

When WIll Lourcey saw a man on a street corner in Fort Worth, Texas, asking for money for his next meal, he didn't turn his back, he jumped into action! That moment was the inspiration for the creation of Friends Reaching Our Goals (FROGS).

FROGS is a Non-Profit 501(C)(3) organization committed to end hunger, raise money and awareness for the hungry, and inspire youth to make our world a more positive and peaceful place.

Keep reading... Show less

This Week In Sports with Calder Hodge! (E1)

If you're like us, you're CRAVING SPORTS….. ANY KIND OF SPORTS!!!

So we created a show to help you get your fix - filled with great moments in sports, your favorite players and teams, and even super fun trivia... all hosted by our friend and a budding young athlete himself, destined to be part of sports history!

Welcome to This Week in Sports with Calder Hodge!

Keep reading... Show less

My Gym For Kids - Now Virtual!

Without school Gym Class or Spring/Summer sports, how will kids stay healthy, active and fit?

One answer comes from our friends at My Gym. With access restricted to their locations across the U.S. and the world, they have been hard at work during these difficult times producing My Gym LIVE; fun-filled virtual classes to entertain kids 6 months to 10 years and keep them active!

Keep reading... Show less

A Baby Goat and Emu Find Friendship on Rescue Farm

You have never seen a love story like this before!

Keep reading... Show less

This Hero is Getting PPE to Hospital Workers - Only Good Heroes (E2)

OnlyGood TV presents its brand new original series, Only Good Heroes, where you'll meet some remarkable individuals and organizations who are making a huge difference in communities across the country, sparking action that pulls people together to battle the impact from this pandemic.

In this episode, host Lucia Nazzaro talks with Rhonda Roland Shearer the founder of the Art Science Research Laboratory and the driving force behind "cutredtape4heroes.org", the grassroots campaign that is meeting a critical need by supplying healthcare workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Keep reading... Show less

Dance Gave Her Love, a Community, and an Identity

At 2 1/2 years old, Shaina Schwartz and her Mom went to see the Nutcracker. Even though this was the first time she had ever seen any kind of a dance performance, as soon as it was over she excitedly said, "Mommy, that's what I want to do!"

Her long road toward becoming a dancer and then an owner and founder of a dance company had its share of ups and downs. Shaina started taking ballet lessons at a professional studio in New Hampshire at 5 years old and in her younger years, the regimen and regularity of the training was a good fit for her serious nature.

Keep reading... Show less

Gold Star Moms Share The True Meaning of Memorial Day

What is the REAL meaning for Memorial Day? Every Memorial Day we get a long weekend, spend time with friends and family, BBQ's and take boat rides, but forget so often what this day is REALLY for.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter