Friday, September 17, 2010
Mary Pat Christie Lauds Training For Disabled
“No matter who you are, furthering your education and receiving new skills is critical to feeling confident in the workforce. This center provides people living with disabilities the skills they need to truly be empowered through employment,” said Mrs. Christie. “I commend Community Options Inc. for the good work they are doing everyday to help incorporate these individuals into the workforce, and strengthening their participation in our larger New Jersey community.”The Daily Plan It is a professional conference and copy center where space is made available to small business owners to develop and operate entrepreneurial businesses that train and employ people with disabilities. The employees provide the entire infrastructure of the business from phone reception and copying to mail delivery and cleaning.
“I feel very fortunate that we are able to have First Lady Christie to our Morristown Daily Plan It,” said Robert Stack, founder and CEO of Community Options. “The Daily Plan It is at the essence of what we do – social inclusion – where a person’s disability does not define who they are or what they are capable of doing”.
After the tour, Mrs. Christie participated in a roundtable meeting with agency officials to further discuss training models for people with disabilities.
Incorporated in 1989, Community Options, Inc. helps develop residential and employment supports for people with severe disabilities, utilizing technology and training. Today, Community Options has grown to encompass 24 offices in nine states, including three offices in New Jersey. The organization is renowned for providing quality, cost effective administration that encourages individual choice and flexibility.
About Mary Pat Christie:
Mary Pat Christie, First Lady of New Jersey, has successfully combined her roles as wife and mother with a business career and community service. Born in Paoli, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Christie is the ninth of ten children. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received her Master’s in Business Administration and Finance at Seton Hall University. Mrs. Christie continues her career as Senior Vice President in the High Yield Corporate Bond Department at Cantor Fitzgerald.
Mrs. Christie is active in her children’s lives. She is the Treasurer of the Delbarton School Mother’s Guild. She participates in her daughters’ Girls Scout and Brownie troops as well as team mom for various baseball and soccer teams. Mrs. Christie is involved in her church, St Joseph’s in Mendham, and contributes to the family liturgy, confirmation class activities, and soup kitchen outreach.
Mrs. Christie plans to help her husband make people feel proud about New Jersey. Mrs. Christie and her husband, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, met in college and they have been married for 24 years. The Christies have four children, Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, and Bridget.