Janell Sacharski, director of Barron County Developmental Disabilities Services, compares its community rehabilitation program to services offered to adults with disabilities in another part of the world after a trip to Brazil.
Insider view of brazil Sacharski got a chance to see firsthand how the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program serves adults with developmental disabilities.
The program bridges cultural and political borders through education and exchange, aiming to make the world a better place for future generations.
Chippewa River Industries, Inc., headquartered in Chippewa Falls, is in the process of expanding. Last summer CRI, Inc. purchased a four acre lot and 15,000 square foot spec building at 2551 Hamilton Drive in the Lake Wissota Business Park in Chippewa Falls. In June of this year, construction began to complete the inside of the building to meet the production and services needs of CRI, Inc. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of September, 2013. CBSquared, Inc. Engineers/Architects of Chippewa Falls is overseeing the project.
According to CRI, Inc. President and CEO Dave Lemanski, "This expansion project is the first of a two phase expansion effort. We recognize that current and future growth trends require us to improve and expand our facilities to meet the needs of our customers. This facility will provide a safer environment for our employees as well as offer additional space to prospective companies interested in our packaging and assembly services."
The majority of the funding for this project is coming from a Community Development Block Grant through Chippewa County. West Wisconsin Regional Planning is assisting CRI, Inc. with the grant implementation.
The 11th annual Spence Jensen Classic Golf Outing will take place Thursday, June 6, at the Koshkonong Mounds Country Club.
The youth apprenticeship program provides eligible students the opportunity to complete the requirements for a high school diploma while learning valuable work skills in a production manufacturing setting. It provides those with disabilities or other barriers to employment with a supportive environment that gives them useful skills while preparing them to become successful, contributing members of the workforce.
But now, at age 41, the Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan Empowers participant has the opportunity to finally go to one because RCS is sponsoring a prom on June 21.
She couldn’t be more thrilled.
For many Americans with disabilities, employment is about building skills and about building self-esteem. And for millions of Americans employment starts with Disability Service Providers. By expanding employment opportunities, by encouraging skill development, by empowering people with disabilities; disability service providers assist people with disabilities every day to take their place in the national workforce.
MARC is the largest provider of community and center-based employment, day services, and personal care for adults with developmental disabilities in Dane County, Wisconsin. MARC supports nearly 300 adults at five Dane County locations and at 100 community-based job sites.
For more information, please visit www.marc-inc.org
Dave Koenig, owner and operator of the Piggly Wiggly grocery, 3900 Erie St., doesn’t post help wanted signs or purchase ads to find store associates. Instead, he always accepts applications from interested candidates. Two such associates who Dave hired this past year were Andy, 20, and Michael, 46, both participants in Careers Industries’ Partners in Employment program.
PIE partners with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to match savvy, progressive employers like Koenig who understand the value of a diverse workforce with people with disabilities who have the requested skills and talents.
Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating, the highest rating possible for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, has been awarded to Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. Charity Navigator’s goal is to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make. READ MORE