“We are currently serving 49 people and the high has been 53. The number varies some,” said Chris Spinks, the development disability professional from the center.
Spinks was the featured speaker for the Calhoun Kiwanis Club June 16 meeting. He told Kiwanis Club members about the lifelong services the center provides those with developmental disabilities in the community.
He said that the center helps individuals find steady, suitable jobs that range from clerical work at a grocery store to specialized jobs that offer opportunities for advancement.
Spinks explained that to qualify for their services, a client must have been diagnosed with a developmental disability before the age of 18.
Current clients range in age from 22 all the way up to over 60 years of age.
Among his many duties at the George Chambers Resource Center, Spinks has served as a liaison between staff, participants and families and he has assisted in the planning and implantation of individual service plans.
He is also responsible for helping ensure that all federal, state and local guidelines are followed. Spinks works with the executive board members in operation, management and planning in such areas as personnel, budget and organizational procedures.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and psychology and a concentration in medical sociology from Kennesaw State University. He has been with the George Chambers Resource Center since October 2009.