ARC EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR: Dorignac’s Food Center in Metairie recently received the Arc of Louisiana Employer of the Year Award for its continued support of individuals with disabilities. The store accepted its achievement award at the Arc of Louisiana’s awards ceremony Jan. 20 in Baton Rouge.

“Dorignac’s is honored to be chosen as the recipient of this award from Arc of Louisiana,” said Ronnie Dawson, president of Dorignac’s. “Disabilities do not prevent a person from being a great employee and colleague, and we are proud to offer employment opportunities for all.”

Dorignac’s was selected among nominations from around the state for its excellent working atmosphere for employees with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, the employees at the store form lasting relationships with customers and are offered regular schedules that do not fluctuate according to store sales. Employees referred by the Arc of Greater New Orleans have been working at Dorignac’s for more than 10 years.

SPECIAL CONNECTIONS ART SHOW: Special artists recently held a Special Connections Art Show and Holiday Boutique at The Vineyard Church in Kenner. All of the work created by the artists with Special Connections was for sale. Artists wore black berets to signify their artistic ambitions.

Special Connections is a nonprofit organization that assists adults with developmental disabilities.

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