Vocational Options of Hoke County partners with local retailers to promote inclusion and art

People and businesses around Hoke County continue to welcome the people we support and their artwork with open arms. This time around it’s also an opportunity for the people supported to network and potentially gain employment.

“Some of the business owners may have jobs that they may be able to offer the people we support,” said Dorety.

The fourth-generation owners of Home Food Market in Raeford have already commissioned art from VOHC as they prepare for the centennial celebration.

“We brought people we support to meet the owners at Home Food Market and the owners really had a great interaction with them. The people we support and the owners are both excited about this,” said Hurst.

“They’ve personally invited us to be part of the centennial. We’re going to try to create a papier-mâché piece that emphasizes their history of fresh meat and fish, so we may make a cow and a huge fish,” said Dorety. “There are a lot of opportunities.”

Some of the pieces on sale will also include handbags, rugs, pillows, smaller furry animals and paintings. The hope is that the attention from the artwork will also translate into foot traffic for the businesses.

Art will be on display at the locations below starting this month. The team at VOHC hopes to grow this list as the partnership progresses. For more information, you can contact Joy Dorety at (910) 975-7227 or Joy.Dorety@monarchnc.org.

Home Food Market, Inc.
117 N. Main St.
Raeford, NC 28376.
910-875-3375

NAPA Auto Parts
130 N Main St.
Raeford, NC 28376
(910) 875-4414