More than 100 neighborhood children and their families along with staff and clients of Linden Resources participated in the annual tree lighting ceremony at Linden Resources on 23rd Street last Friday evening, Dec. 8. In 1959, a group of Northern Virginia parents seeking jobs for their adult children with disabilities founded The Sheltered Occupational Center of Northern Virginia (now know as Linden Resources). Twenty-six individuals were included in the first year’s program and received nearly $3.000 in wages. The program has grown to offer job placement, employment and other services and programs to more than 270 individuals annually.
On Friday evening, carolers greeted the guests with song as the crowd gathered. The switch was turned and the evergreen outside of Linden Resources sparkled in holiday lights. Moments later, lights filled the roadway as trucks from the Arlington County Fire Department delivered the evening’s special guest, Santa. For more information on Linden Resources visit www.linden.org