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Brazil Trip Broadens Horizons for Disabilities Program

Janell-SacharskiJanell 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.

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Chippewa River Industries Expanding

Chippewa River Industries LogoChippewa 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.

Read more: Chippewa River Industries Expanding

Program graduates 100th youth apprentice

Opportunities Inc. Graduates 100th Youth ApprenticeOpportunities Inc.'s youth apprenticeship manufacturing program, which has just graduated its 100th student, will benefit from the nonprofit agency's annual golf outing fundraiser June 6.


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.

Read more: Program graduates 100th youth apprentice

Formal wear donated for first RCS prom

RCS Prom ThumbnailTreva Chaltry never got to go to her high school prom.


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.


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ACCSES Launches New Employment Video

American Dream Video ThumbnailFor 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.


Read more: ACCSES Launches New Employment Video

RFWiA Welcomes MARC, Inc.

Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. LogoRehabilitation for Wisconsin in Action welcomes its newest member - Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. (MARC).


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

Businesses find quality employees through Careers Industries

Career IndustriesDave 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.


Read the entire story here.

Charity Navigator Award Goes to Goodwill

Goodwill receives Charity Navigator AwardCharity 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

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