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New Hope: It's More Than You Think!

A look into the lives of four members of New Hope Center in Chilton, WI.


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Inclusive entrepreneurship helps those with disabilities

Eisenhower CenterWisconsinites concerned about the economy should take heart at the formation of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. to help spur economic development in the state.


However, in the rush to address this challenge, let us not forget another demographic in our state: those with disabilities.


For nearly 30 years, Eisenhower Center has been helping people with disabilities obtain vocational training and work opportunities. However, this population faces a silent skills gap of its own that must be addressed. Here's why:


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Pathways to Independence Rebalancing Initiative

Rebalancing InitiativeNationally, within the disability community, there is now widespread consensus on the need to expand access to integrated employment.


This video captures the views of key leadership in a number of Community Rehabilitation Providers - or CRPs - that participated in a funded "Rebalancing Initiative".


Several CEOs of RFW in Action member organizations (Pam Ross, Carole Stuebe, Tom Schraeder, and Mary Beth Popchock) and senior staff of the participating CRPs (Carol Ulrich, Lisa Steffen, Tom Schmit, Angeline Markiewicz, and Mary Survis) are featured.


For more information, please contact Lisa Mills, Wisconsin CRP Rebalancing Initiative Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


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Opportunities Inc. Participates in NISH Advocacy Event

Opportunities Inc. in Washington D.C.A-Team Southeast Wisconsin members Jennifer Weigand and Mackenzie Kylmanen visited Washington D.C. as part of the Ability One/SourceAmerica Grassroots Advocacy Training event June 17 – June 20, 2013.  Opportunities, Inc. prepared a slide show to highlight the visits they made to the offices of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation.


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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.

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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.

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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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