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Gerry’s 30th Anniversary!

16/12/2013 Gerry’s 30th Anniversary!

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Some may say that 30 years in one place is a long time, but for Gerry O’Callaghan the 30 years he has spent with Rehab in Dundalk have flown! RehabCare marked Gerry’s milestone anniversary with a party in their resource centre in Quayside Business Park. Gerry from who was joined by family, friends and staff, as well as Peter McKevitt General Manager, North East and Midlands, RehabCare, who is celebrating 30 years working with the organisation.

Rehab first opened its doors in Dundalk in 1983 and provided rehabilitative training and development  to individuals,  and it was where Gerry began his pathway to work as part of his own personal development.  Rehab began a movement towards placing a greater focus on sourcing part-time and full time options in the community for the people using its service and  in 2000, two new organisations were created to cater for the more specific needs of individuals. National Learning Network was developed to provide education and training, with RehabCare providing health and social care services. As part of this, Gerry progressed from Rehab and was supported to gain employment in the community with Pacsort. While Gerry was working part time he attended the RehabCare service on the Coes Rd and now in Quayside Business Park to access training in computers, photography and creative writing.

Deirdre Quinn, Community Services Manager, RehabCare said, “We are delighted to mark Gerry’s anniversary, one, because it’s a milestone, and secondly because he loves any social occasion! Our services are based on person-centered plans, so that each individual can achieve what they themselves want in life. Gerry set his goals as meeting the President and meeting RTÉ’s Miriam O’ Callaghan, both of whom he met! When Pacsort closed in 2011 we supported Gerry to get employment in the Spirit Store which he loves as he gets to meet all the famous people who are in concert there.  His next goal in life is to meet Coronation Street star Michelle Collins – No doubt he’ll achieve that goal too!”

Today RehabCare in Louth provides services such as resource centres and supported accommodation to more than 100 people with disabilities, enabling them to achieve their full potential and a better quality of life. National Learning Network provides training (funded by SOLAS and the Health Service Executive) for over 80 people in Dundalk who are out of work through accident, illness or disability.

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