Shreveport Aquarium, Holy Angels partnership offers employment for people with disabilities

Holy Angels residents work at the Shreveport Aquarium as part of the two organizations’ community partnership.

A group of Holy Angels residents started working at the Shreveport Aquarium recently through the organizations’ community partnership.

“As we provide love, support and empowerment to individuals with disabilities, we work to help them achieve the highest level of independence. For many, this independence is gained through our Supported Employment program, which offers them meaningful job opportunities like those available at the Shreveport Aquarium. These individuals are so excited to work in the community, meet new people and earn a paycheck,” said Holy Angels CEO Laurie Boswell.

Those at Holy Angels receive job training at the award-winning program, AngelWorks, and the Supported Employment Program. Through AngelWorks, over 100 residents and day program participants with disabilities engage in meaningful work. Each month, more and more of these individuals are able to take the next step in their careers and obtain jobs in the community, including restaurants, gift shops and the Shreveport Aquarium.

Through the partnership, the Shreveport Aquarium carries a line of specially-made, aquatic-themed products created by Holy Angels residents and day program participants. These products include fish pillows, tea towels with octopuses and paintings featuring marine life.