Report from the Client Council President

Lincoln Training Center’s Client Council, under the guidance of staff advisor Mario Manzano, meets twice a month to discuss issues of importance to all Lincoln clients. Meeting topics include the Center’s programs, self-governance, safety, and clients’ rights. There are currently 25 members of the Client Council, and officer elections are held once a year.

Our staff advisor teaches us leadership training and presentation skills. Last year, Council members had the opportunity to speak at several community functions on behalf of Lincoln to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Client Council members are also Aktion Club members participating monthly in making sack lunches for the Pasadena Union Station Shelter for the homeless.

The welfare of each and every client at Lincoln Training Center is important to us. During the past year, we sent out numerous get-well cards to clients who are ailing. We also have a safety committee that reports directly to management on any areas of concern. For example, last year we noticed that several floor tiles had broken in the lunchroom and expressed their concern to Lincoln management. Lincoln agreed that this was a safety issue and had new flooring installed.

But we do fun things as well. We are responsible for planning our three annual parties (Spring Dance, Halloween, and Christmas), doing everything from picking a theme, helping with decorations, and even acting as deejays.

On behalf of the Client Council, thank you for your support of Lincoln Training Center and individuals with disabilities.

Michael Garcia
Client Council President