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  • Work centers for disabled face uncertain future

    REACHCHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- An uncertain future lies ahead for hundreds of employees with special needs in the Chippewa Valley.

     

    A new federal ruling is changing funding for sheltered work centers. The ruling encourages states to use funds from Medicaid to take workers out of the centers and place them in community jobs instead. But opponents are afraid those community jobs won't be there or won't be safe.

     

    There are several businesses in the Chippewa Valley including Chippewa River Industries or CRI and Reach Inc. that provide a safe work environment for people with cognitive disabilities.

     

    "In any given day we are serving about 130 people a day just here in this building and 100 people out in the community," CEO of CRI Dave Lemanski said.


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  • Employment, training services for disabled face cloudy future

    Tonya Wiesner - Chippewa River IndustriesCHIPPEWA FALLS — Beven Hartfield has worked at Chippewa River Industries since February and said she enjoys her job at the Chippewa Falls site.

     

    "It's hands-on, and there's a lot of help, and that's what I like about it," Hartfield said. "They teach us job skills, people skills (and) how to act, so it's a good thing."

     

    For months the future of such facilities as CRI, REACH and the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, which provide employment and training services to people with disabilities, has been up in the air. Some proponents of those businesses worry about how new federal regulations may affect funding.


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  • Job Opportunities

    Opportunity Development Center

    Senior Director of Program Services

     

    (Posted Aug. 26, 2014)
    Opportunity Development Centers, Inc. (ODC) in partnership with DPSpro (Diversified Personnel Services Professional Staffing Division) seeks an energetic, innovative, experienced Senior Director of Program Services to lead its vocational and day services in alignment with the mission of the agency: “to empower people with disabilities to achieve their work and life goals.” This position will provide leadership as ODC transforms to a more community based program model.  This position is responsible for all aspects of ODC programs including development, monitoring, quality, contracting, budgets, as well as management of ODC’s service staff. 

     


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