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For all who work at Coastal Center for Developmental Services and Quantum, Richard Bradham is a mainstay. He began his career at Coastal Center for Developmental Services in 1972 and was working at the agency’s snack bar in the 1980’s. By 1999, Richard was appointed to the CCDS Board of Directors, where he served for several years advocating on behalf of himself and the individuals served by our organization. Richard has served as a permanent member of the CCDS Employee Association and in the case of a tie vote, he casts the tie-breaking vote.

img_4051_cropIn 2003, the snack bar was renamed Richard’s Canteen and was celebrated by a ribbon cutting attended by staff, board members, Richard’s family, and the people we serve. Four days a week, he opens and closes the canteen for business, counts the drawer each day, brews and serves fresh coffee, checks the Canteen’s inventory to place orders for more items, and he even supervises another worker.

Richard plans to retire at the end of the year, and he says given some thought to retired life. He plans to relax a little, and then he plans to do some traveling. He particularly likes Las Vegas, where he has an aunt that he’s visited a few times.

Richard’s Canteen is a perfect example that a person with a disability can be fully capable of working in a rewarding job for years – even decades! People from organizations like CCDS as well as people at the Capitol building in Atlanta have inquired on the process of starting up a snack bar that is managed and staffed by people with disabilities.

Richard’s career has shown us all that he is more than a manager – he is a colleague, advocate, and a friend to all. Thank you, Richard, for your decades of service and friendship!