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Moresa Culbreath, Owner and Founder of We Care Support Services Corporation, has always been passionate about helping those with disabilities and limitations. "In high school, I used to work with students diagnosed with a Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) to help them learn American Sign Language. My love for working with people with disabilities started then," she said.
Prior to launching We Care Support Services, she spent 10 years in the Orange County school system as a licensed school psychologist. She specialized in reading disorders, math disorders, dysgraphia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Asperger Spectrum Disorder. Culbreath is dedicated to empowering the lives of individuals with disabilities and helping them reach their full potential through Compassion, Collaboration, Respect, and Understanding.
She launched We Care Support Services in January 2017 as a nonprofit organization that provides employment training and placement services and facilitates resources to disabled men and women, ages 14 – 65. Since then, Culbreath has managed to position her company as a vendor with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Social Security Administration as an Employment Network(EN) provider. Becoming a third-party vendor with one, let alone three, of these agencies is no easy task. "It involved lots of paperwork and staying up late at night to work on applications," she said. "You can hire someone to help with this process, but I chose to do it all by myself. When I look back on it, I have no idea how I was able to do it, but I did."
Her services include, educational consulting, advocating for students with disabilities, career counseling and coaching, vocational evaluations, pre-employment transition services and psychological evaluations to help determine a child's strengths, weaknesses and individual learning style. "Some advocates charge $400 an hour," she said. "I wanted to provide a low cost solution that focuses on the needs of everyone, regardless of their financial situation." Culbreath's business is funded through donations and from payments for the services she provides to the various agencies as a certified third-party vendor.
Culbreath is keen on dispelling common misconceptions when it comes to people with disabilities in the workforce. "A common myth is that people with disabilities can't maintain employment or are unable to perform the same tasks as those without disabilities," she said. "Most of the individuals I help, work ten times harder than those without disabilities and limitations."
In addition to misconceptions, we asked Culbreath to share with us a memorable client experience. "I recently helped a 42 year old woman that just moved here from Massachusetts. She was never able to gain employment over the years, for various reasons. We worked through various mock interviews and, after her first interview, she landed a job with Universal Studios." Culbreath's excitement and compassion for this individual and others is palpable.
Culbreath advises aspiring entrepreneurs to never underestimate themselves. "I never saw myself in a role to own my own business, but here I am," she said. "Give it your all and commit to it 100%." She also believes in the importance of reading, especially blogs and articles by people that have gone through the process you're going through. What motivates and inspires Culbreath is, "Seeing the smile on students faces when I do an evaluation and make a recommendation for them to attend a school they've always wanted to go to." She works hard to help students overcome the little things that come natural to most people.
Looking toward the future, Culbreath has recently expanded her serviceable areas to include Palm Beach and Lake County. She wants to grow and eventually hire more employees. She also wants to expand her services to include companion care services for individuals with disabilities. Having managed to get this far in such a short amount of time with two twin one year babies, we have no doubt that Culbreath will take We Care Support Services to the next level and broaden the reach of her impact on those that need help the most.