It's What People CAN do that Matters

We have been busy promoting positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace. Many of Charlottes finest businesses and organizations have hired, retained and advanced someone with a developmental disability.

What these employers have found is InReach participants are hard working, dependable, motivated and engaged in their work. Ambassadors for your diversity and inclusion culture. Don't just take our word for it.

Are you ready to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people. Please contact Elaine Walters at or 704.536.6661 ext. 456

Much gratitude to those businesses that employ
INREACH Program Participants

2015-2016 Employers

Aladdin Food Management at Charlotte Country Day
American Girl
American MTS
Jodie Anderson
Bonefish Grill
Brixx Pizza
Brookdale Carriage Club Providence
Burlington Coat Factory
Carolina's Healthcare System
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
The Cypress
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Food Lion
GCA Services Group at CPCC
Greenway Express Car Wash
Harris Teeter
Helping Hands Innovations
Jewish Community Center
Nevins Inc.
Novant Health
Omni Hotel
Park Sterling
Pizza Peel
Queen City Q
Sharon Towers
Shoe Show
Summit at Southpark
Uncle Maddio's

Dream Maker Society

Salute to Our Dream Maker Society

September 10 | Sky Room at the Vue

Overlooking the Charlotte skyline, Board members, Legacy Society, staff, and customers came together to celebrate InReach's Dream Maker Society. The 35 member society collectively provides $175,000 which goes directly into our programs. Laura Reynolds, Dream Maker Society Chairwoman spoke to the importance of the consistent funding the society provides, which allows us to plan for the future. David Dougherty, InReach’s Board Chair welcomed the group and shared a few of InReach’s accomplishments including; reaching a 10 million dollar operating budget with 87% of the budget going to direct services , opening Mother Teresa Villa and the formation of our Young Affiliates group, a group of 35 and under community minded young professionals.

Dave also introduced the creation of the Barrie Wiggins Memorial Fund. We were honored to have Barrie’s husband Buck and her children Brittany and Brandon with us to celebrate.

2015 Dream Maker Society Members:

Kathryn and Darren Ash
Sally and John Barker
William Bradley
Elaine Brooks
Rhett and Mike Campbell
Bonnie and Russ Case
Tim Cloninger
Rhyne and Lisa Davis
Amy and Alfred Dawson
Molly and Steele Dewey
Nancy Downing
Sandy and David DuPuy
Patricia and Kenneth Greenberg
Eve and Johnny Isley
Carol and Lee Ives
Mindy and Bob Jones

Kenna and Phillip Jordan
Chris and John Kirkland
Kathi and John Knier
Donna and Doug Knowlton
Shelley and Mark McLean
Suzy and Ed Mc Mahan
Ann and Rolfe Neill
Any and Tom Okel
Sheila and Fred Passenant
Ryan Platt
Susan and Bill Porter
Laura and Mark Reynolds
Dawn and Mark Ryan
Betsey and Dick Sesler
Cary and Michael Sherck
Cindy and Steve Wagner
Elaine and Norman Walters
Peeps Whitner
Nancy and Terry Young
Jean Zoutewelle

Barrie Wiggins Memorial Fund

After a valiant battle with brain cancer, Barrie Wiggins sadly died in March. In honor of the many ways Barrie helped secure the future of InReach, we have established the Barrie L. Wiggins Memorial Fund. The fund will provide emergency assistance such as rent, utilities, food and clothing to families caring for a loved one with a disability.

Barrie was a true southern lady who was incredible devoted to her faith, her family, and her profession as an attorney with McKaig and McKaig. Barrie was the catalyst behind tremendous support InReach as received. The support has enabled us to continually improve programs and services to an increasing number of individuals. Through this fund Barrie will continue to touch the lives of many.

To make a donation to the Barrie Wiggins Memorial Fund, please click on the button below.

Dedication Ceremony of Mother Teresa Villa Apartments

Giving Women and Men a Sense of Dignity, Respect and Independence

Under beautiful blue skies, Monsignor Mauricio West, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte, welcomed families, friends, elected officials and community members to the dedication of Mother Teresa Villa. Bishop Peter Jugis, ceremonially, dedicated and blessed the building rooms after sharing words of love and inclusion.

The $2 million dollar project is an innovative housing project of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation and InReach. The complex allows 12 men and women with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live independently in their own home. As part of HUD's section 811 program, residents will pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent with the remainder subsidized by HUD.

Mother Teresa Villa, a model of collaboration, was possible because of the hard work of many groups and people involved in the project including:

Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation, HUD, Charlotte Housing Trust, North Carolina Finance Agency, Garanco Construction, Rowhouse Architects, Sarver Housing Group, the Steele Creek Community and many elected officials.

Reflected David Dougherty, InReach's Board Chair, "I really can't tell you how exciting it is to be part of this project. The groundwork was laid five years ago. We are very excited to partner with the Charlotte Catholic Dioceses to put this project together. We have 40 years of experience in managing housing for people with disabilities... We've never done a 12-plex before, and it is fantastic how it's all turned out!”

Elected officials on hand for the event included: Charlotte City Councilwomen Lawana Mayfield, Vi Lyles, and Patsy Kinsey, and County Commissioner Pat Cotham. Patsy Kinsey shared a quote from Mother Teresa: "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples”.

For questions about the application process and waiting list for housing opening at Mother Teresa Villa, please contact Kim Johnson at InReach (

Learn More About InReach!

You’re invited to attend a one-hour information session about the programs and services of InReach. “Inside InReach” is intended for individuals interested in the various support services offered by our agency. Contact Kelly Perez at 704.536.6661 ext. 401 or for more information.

NOTE: These sessions are not intended for potential InReach employees – please refer to Human Resources for all job openings or questions regarding employment with InReach.

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