Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

2017 Martin Luther King Jr Youth Day of Service

Office Evolution is donating their facility for this event: 4845 Pearl East Cir, #101, Boulder, CO. Thank you!  Members of the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) are hosting a Day of Service for high school age youth volunteers on Saturday January 14, 2017  from 12:30pm to 4pm.  R2W is being asked to work collaboratively with a high school age youth leader to implement the project and provide education and reflection at the volunteer site.

Students will contact 200 disabled Americans to let them know they have been matched with employers and we’d like to help setup interviews – radically change lives. Also, learn about R2W’s STEM Internship program.

After introductions and orientation, use printouts or electronic copies of applicants’ records to call them and encourage them to login and connect with R2W’s counselors for substantial help winning lasting careers with caring employers. Also, learn about R2W’s STEM Internship program. Students need to bring their laptops and cellR2

Under 18 must have parent’s permission and will be supervised by adults. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.  Call 720-359-1541 to participate.

 

R2W’s 18th Annual Dinner Party & Award Ceremony

R2W celebrated last year’s award recipients at Summit Church in Denver, Colorado on April 20th, 2016.  It was an inspiring event.  See photos and read more about it on our Facebook page.

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2015 – Blastoff!

Admiral Young - Lincoln Awards  R2W launches its Mentor program under Admiral Young’s guidance

MVEECU Volunteer Resource Center EventR2W participates in Military & Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE), hosts classes at community colleges & universities, and engages the community at our annual Day Of Caring event

 

DVR-FLR2W significantly increases Employment Services & Supported Employment in Florida

 

 

R2W’s Founder awarded President Obama’s Gold Medal.

2015 Board Member of the Year

andy-sesserAndy Sesser, Treasurer. Andy mentored Rob Brazell in relearning the financial management skills necessary to run a business. Andy owns Sesser Business Solutions: providing quality accounting software solutions since 1992.

2015 Webmaster of the Year

Nena GardnerNena Gardner. Nena is a Bachelor of Science graduate of Business Management and Information Systems emphasis from the University of Colorado Denver Business School. She has over ten years of community service experience, both as a member, volunteer and in leadership roles. She currently works at Colorado National Guard Family Program’s Office as a Family Readiness Support Assistant contractor. Rob Brazell is her mentor through Colorado National Guard ESGR program and she has been with R2W since November 2015 as a Job Developer/ Webmaster/ & Social Media Coordinator.

 

2015 Instructor of the Year

Jennifer CohenJennifer Cohen. Jennifer is an instructional designer and adult educator with over twenty years of experience working with a diverse population of learners. Jennifer’s background in technology training includes applications for the office, presentations, and the web.  She holds a master’s degree in learning technology and uses her passion for creative problem solving to help others understand complex concepts.

 

 

2015 Employee of the Year

Nikki DAgostinoNikki D’Agostino, Employment Specialist. Nikki is particularly drawn to aiding the developmentally disabled, physically and mentally disabled, the underprivileged, and the underemployed. At an early age she began volunteering at Wrentham Developmental Center. She graduated from Suffolk University with highest distinction for a Bachelor’s degree of Science in clinical psychology and worked at Arbour-Fuller Psychiatric Hospital where she served dual diagnoses patients (mental illness and co-occurring drug addiction).  She worked as a Career Specialist for two years at a non-profit organization in Massachusetts. She says, “Working as an Employment Specialist at Project: Return to Work Inc has given me the opportunity to work with employers to strive for equality and diversity in the workplace, ….  I am always pushing myself to learn new skills and knowledge so that I can be a better leader, organizer and advocate for those less fortunate than myself.”

2015 STEM Interns of the Year

Ed Fenwick, STEM InternEdward Fenwick. Ed Fenwick recently graduated from the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center. He moved from the United Kingdom in 2009 and has lived in Kalamazoo since then. Ed participated in the Assistant Job Development Internship as well as the Assistant Technical Support Internship. He is a member of the Gull Lake Area Robotics team and does research at Western Michigan University.Rhett Sandal

Rhett Sandal. Rhett Sandal is a student at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado.  He set the standard for Job Developers and Tech Support Specialists.   He is active in the Robotics and Music field, and likes to help people with their technology problems.

 

2015 Volunteer of the Year

Jim SpencerJames Spencer, Employment Specialist. After a successful career in business Jim became disabled and found how difficult it is for a person with a disability to find a job. This personal experience convinced him he had a responsibility to apply what he had learned in business to improving this situation. For additional preparation he returned to school, completed a Master’s degree in Administration and a Masters in Rehabilitation Job Services. This combination of experience and education in the profession has created opportunities for him to work with clients with disabilities from the assembly line to the board room. In 2008 he published “Job Search 101.” Since then he has helped develop job service programs in several nonprofit organizations and been guest lecturer to degree candidates in Rehabilitation Services. Career search is his passion. His motto is “Everyone deserves an opportunity to acquire and hold a good job. Disability should not be a factor.

2015 Model Citizen

gregLindGreg Lind, Farmer Insurance Agent. R2W’s Founder says, “Greg Lind saved me a bundle of money on my car and homeowners insurance. He also donates monthly and mentors key people. Greg is a model citizen and I am deeply grateful for his community leadership.”

 

 

 

Lifetime Achievement

Fran NixonFrankie R Nixon Brazell, Missions Operations Manager (MOM) & Founder. Fran has worked tirelessly for nearly two decades to create a self-sustaining operation in Florida. She is a model leader and has placed many disabled Americans in meaningful careers. Fran worked in Administration at the First Church of Christ Scientist and as a Team Lead at the US Bureau of Land Management. Fran also owns and operates NAC Business Consulting.

 

R2W Programs

Tier 1 & 2: Direct Recruiting

 
Tier 1 clients are not injured and Tier 2 clients have completed their vocational rehabilitation.     They are “job ready” and can radically speed up the employment process by utilizing automated features and online classes.

Tier 3 & 4: Service Learning

 
Tier 3 clients are severely injured and need vocational rehabilitation. Tier 4 clients are so severely injured that gainful employment is not realistic but supported employment adds quality of life. Service Learning internships utilize donated technologies to quickly zero in on specific work tasks that excite clients, bring out their resiliency, and achieve stabilization more quickly.

Tier 3 & 4: Employment Services & Supported Employment

 
R2W provides an array of traditional vocational rehabilitation services for Tier 3 & 4 clients. These clients frequently require months or years of intensive service.
 

Our Services

Evaluation

 
Clients evaluate themselves in a fraction of the time. Our psychometric profiler asks questions in a creative way to assess client aptitudes and preferences. R2W counselors performs a follow up evaluation to complete a plan. The plan identifies the client’s career goals, personality traits and interests — along with traditional factors such as work experience — in order to match them with potential employers.

Training

 
Clients enroll in vocational programs, higher education, and/or R2W’s Service Learning program. Additional career counseling includes resume critiques, successful interview / presentation strategies, business and career etiquette, and more.

Placement

 
R2W counselors utilize donated technologies and innovative methods to match applicants with employers for unprecedented positive outcomes – lasting placements.
 
 

 

R2W Connects With CU’s Volunteer Resource Center

Get ready for CU’s Spring 2016 Volunteer Fair! Start your new year off with helping others and come join Project: Return To Work (R2W) and other organizations to learn more about the volunteer and internship positions available.

Project: Return To Work has many STEM internships available including, assistant job developer, assistant employment specialist, assistant technical support specialist, and assistant technical support specialist.  Other opportunities include grant writing, fundraising, marketing, and much more. We aren’t only looking for students. We hope to connect with staff who would make great mentors for R2W! Be sure to stop by and check us out to get more details about how you can get involved with this amazing organization! Browse around on our website to learn more about us in the meantime at www.return2work.org.

The event will be held on January 13, 2016 in the Glenn Miller Ballroom from 10AM-2PM. Check out the Volunteer Resource Center’s website under events for more information.

www.colorado.edu/volunteer

 

CU Volunteer Resource CenterCU Boulder’s Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) just launched their 50th anniversary event last month!  Shannon Petro, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager, represented R2W.  The event recognized the history of VRC’s beginnings as well as the founder of the organization.  Not only did the founder present his take on volunteerism and how he started the organization, but other students shared their experiences and how it impacted their lives directly.

CU Volunteer Resource Center EventVRC helps connect students to volunteer opportunities in the community. The VRC has a lot of great ways for the students to get out and about to support a cause that is special to them.  One of those ways is through their Alternative Spring Break Program.  This program sends students to locations where you can participate in social and environmental justice issues.

The volunteer resource center has many great connections within the community and it is a great way to get started in civil service.  Not only will you get to benefit those in need, but you too will gain valuable experience and participate in meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Check out their website for more information at http://www.colorado.edu/volunteer/

R2W offers four STEM internships to students from high schools, colleges, and universities in multiple states.  R2W also offers other student internships.  Some include credit and/or small stipends.  Follow the GET INVOLVED links at www.return2work.org for details about all volunteer positions at R2W.

Edward Fenwick, Student Intern

Edward Fenwick, Student Intern

Paige O'Connor, STEM Intern

Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern

 

Montek Thind, STEM Intern

Montek Thind, STEM Intern

Please Volunteer

Retired?
Professional skills?
Have 5-20 hours / month but don’t want the full responsibilities of a board member?  

WE NEED YOU!

 

Become an Advisor.

 

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Former Directors

Former Chairs

Brigadier General Thomas D. Mills

BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS D. MILLS (ret), Chair Pro Tem

BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS D. MILLS (ret), Former R2W Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Secretaries

 

Professor Ruth Dameron, Secretary, 2015-2017

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Cole, PhD, Executive Committee

 

Ronald Cole has written grant proposals for R2W since 2007 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2011.  He led R2W’s Grants Committee and helped R2W’s team with lead educational and government institutions for client services and key research.

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Steve White

Garry Brooks

Paul Haberstroh

Alesea Jackson

Jim Booth

 

Former Treasurers

Ronald Richards, CPA

Don Coovert, CPA

David L. Nimmo

David J. Robbins

 

 

Former Executive Directors

Homer Page, PhD

IN LOVING MEMORY – Douglas M. Dellinger

 

2015 Day of Caring – 9/11

August 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Help Needed at United Way’s 2015 Day of Caring to Connect Veterans with Jobs

 

BOULDER—Project: Return to Work, Inc. (R2W) helps returning veterans, including wounded warriors, and disabled citizens to find meaningful careers with living wages.

 

The non-profit organization is seeking 25 volunteers to man its call bank during Foothills United Way’s 2015 Day of Caring on September 11th, which will be held at facilities donated by Office Evolution. R2W will train volunteers to alert job seekers that they’ve been matched with potential employers, and also connect them with professional counselors to prepare them for their interviews. This year Safeway—which has a strong track record helping veterans—is recruiting for a number of positions.

Volunteers can register via www.return2work.org (click on GET INVOLVED) or Foothills United Ways Volunteer Connections (click here).

 

“So many of us want to thank our service people,” notes Rob Brazell, R2W president. “The annual Day of Caring event lets volunteers use state-of-the-art technology—all of which has been donated by sponsors like ReadyTalk, StaffCV and Microsoft—to connect active duty service members, veterans and military spouses to meaningful jobs.” After the half-day event, interested volunteers can continue their service by working independently to match over 8,500 R2W participants to the best positions.

 

R2W also seeks to recruit new employers and sponsors for the Day of Caring event as well as for long-term involvement. (R2W suggests an optional contribution of $175 per posting to cover core costs.) More sizable private industry sponsorships to support career counselors and STEM interns are also needed. Contact Jason Kamp at http://www.return2work.org/contact-us or (720) 359-1541.

 

Edward Fenwick, Student Intern

Edward Fenwick, Student Intern

 

Day of Caring: 8:00 AM – Noon, 4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 101, Boulder, CO 80301

There will be a picnic afterwards at United Way location. Bring your laptop!

 

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R2W Hosts Class At Red Rocks Community College

R2W Classroom

– Free class improve employment odds for veterans and their spouses –

April 23, 2015
11.00 AM – 1:00 PM
Welcome Center Conference Room
Red Rocks Community College

Camp Williams - Rob Brazell, R2W Founder, Sergeant Logan Jubeck and Sergeant "Bulldog" Dellinger

Camp Williams – Rob Brazell, R2W Founder, Sergeant Logan Jubeck and Sergeant “Bulldog” Dellinger

BRING YOUR LAPTOP!

Attend In Person:
contact    Jeremy.Goodman@rrcc.edu

Attend Online:  click here

“For many of today’s jobs, it’s not enough to have the right education, experience and skills,” notes R2W President Rob Brazell. “An applicant’s personality score can make or break a job offer.”

  • Learn how to rapidly improve your scores so your resume rises to the top — land both the interview and the job offer.
  • Apply for careers with community partners like Safeway.
  • Learn how to apply for government jobs.
  • Register for follow up services including tailoring your resume and interview preparation.

R2W Homepage PhotoProject: Return to Work Inc. (R2W) provides employment services to all active duty service members, veterans and their spouses at Military & Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE) and other special events. R2W also provides vocational rehabilitation services to wounded warriors and disabled citizens. R2W clients receive support from caring professionals and volunteers through an innovative evaluation, training, and placement process. R2W incorporates advanced technologies, methodologies, and a highly accurate online evaluation process to assist clients with finding the jobs they enjoy doing most.

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Presenters

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci VanSant, a licensed CPA with a Masters degree in Taxation, is presently employed as a Solution Architect with CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business. In this role she serves as the product technical expert for sales of the ProSystem fx Suite solutions to corporations. Previously she’s held several hands on roles from that of senior accountant to director of income taxes for either public accounting firms or large multinational manufacturing or banking corporations. Traci volunteered as a webinar host in February, 2015 and provides meaningful training to veterans returning to civilian workforce. She says, “Being able to give back to those that sacrifice so much for us and our country is rewarding.”

Felix Lopez, Human Resources, Safeway

Felix Lopez, Human Resources, Safeway

Felix Lopez is the Corporate Human Resources Field Recruiter at Safeway Inc.   Felix’s region covers multiple states and he is currently recruiting for multiple positions. “Safeway is proud to support our veterans who are returning to the workforce after serving our country.  Safeway has hired thousands of veterans and we know the unique skills they bring to businesses.  Safeway Foundation gave a grant to Project: Return To Work Inc. from funds raised in our stores locally this past Veteran’s Day Weekend and we thank our customers for stepping up to help those who helped us by serving in the military.”
  James Spencer, Employment Specialist

Rhett Sandal, Student Intern

Rhett Sandal, Student Intern

Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern is a junior at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado.  He volunteers as an Assistant Job Developer, Assistant Employment Specialist, and Assistant Tech Support Specialist for Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W).   He is active in the Robotics and Music, and likes to help people with their technology problems.

Edward Fenwick, Student Intern

Edward Fenwick, Student Intern

Edward Fenwick, STEM Intern is a Senior at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center. He moved from the United Kingdom in 2009 and has lived in Kalamazoo since then. He is a member of the Gull Lake Area Robotics team and does research at Western Michigan University. Ed is an Assistant Job Developer, Assistant Employment Specialist and Assistant Technical Support Specialist at Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W).

Cameron Taleaghni, Student Intern

Cameron Taleaghni, Student Intern

2013 STEM Intern Of The Year

Cameron Taleaghni is a high school student in Colorado.  He volunteers as an Assistant Job Developer, Assistant Employment Specialist, and Assistant Tech Support Specialist at Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W).  He is  taking college level classes, is active in Robotics, and navigates R2W’s technologies with ease.  He also teaching new volunteers  how to utilize R2W’s software systems to achieve unprecedented positive outcomes.

 

Volunteers

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Sponsors

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Traci VanSant, Webinar Host

Traci VanSant, Volunteer Webinar Host

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci VanSant, a licensed CPA with a Masters degree in Taxation, is presently employed as a Solution Architect with CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business.  In this role she serves as the product technical expert for sales of the ProSystem fx Suite solutions to corporations.  Previously she’s held several hands on roles from that of senior accountant to director of income taxes for either public accounting firms or large multinational manufacturing or banking corporations.  Traci volunteered as a webinar host in February, 2015 and provides meaningful training to veterans returning to civilian workforce.  She says, “Being able to give back to those that sacrifice so much for us and our country is rewarding.”

Project: Return To Work Inc. (R2W) hosts classes at MVEE

R2W Classroom

Free classes improve employment odds for veterans and their spouses –

March 23, 2015 March 24, 2015

Attend In-Person

Attend In-Person

Attend Online

Attend Online

 

R2W is offering two days of job placement training to veterans and their families in conjunction with the Military and Veteran Employment Expo (MVEE) at Metropolitan Srate University in Denver.Camp Williams - Rob Brazell, R2W Founder, Sergeant Logan Jubeck and Sergeant "Bulldog" Dellinger

R2W’s class, offered from 8am-10am on March 23rd or 24th, pair job seekers with mentors who help them communicate their career skills. Participants then interview with companies that are actively hiring. Those who attend the first two days of the Expo are given interview preference on March 25th.

“For many of today’s jobs, it’s not enough to have the right education, years of experience and skills,” notes R2W President and Co-Chairman Rob Brazell. “An applicant’s personality score can make or break a job offer. We’ll teach participants how to use online tools to rapidly evaluate themselves and improve their scores so their resumes rise to the top and they land both the interview and the job offer.”

 


 

Presenters

 
Felix LopezFelix Lopez is the Corporate Human Resources Field Recruiter at Safeway Inc.   Felix’s region covers multiple states and he is currently recruiting for multiple positions. “Safeway is proud to support our veterans who are returning to the workforce after serving our country.  Safeway has hired thousands of veterans and we know the unique skills they bring to businesses.  Safeway Foundation gave a grant to Project: Return To Work Inc. from funds raised in our stores locally this past Veteran’s Day Weekend and we thank our customers for stepping up to help those who helped us by serving in the military.”
Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci VanSant, a licensed CPA with a Masters degree in Taxation, is presently employed as a Solution Architect with CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business.  In this role she serves as the product technical expert for sales of the ProSystem fx Suite solutions to corporations.  Previously she’s held several hands on roles from that of senior accountant to director of income taxes for either public accounting firms or large multinational manufacturing or banking corporations.  Traci volunteered as a webinar host in February, 2015 and provides meaningful training to veterans returning to civilian workforce.  She says, “Being able to give back to those that sacrifice so much for us and our country is rewarding.”

Ed Fenwick, STEM InternEdward Fenwick, STEM Intern is a Senior at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center. He moved from the United Kingdom in 2009 and has lived in Kalamazoo since then. He is a member of the Gull Lake Area Robotics team and does research at Western Michigan University. Ed is an Assistant Job Developer, Assistant Employment Specialist and Assistant Technical Support Specialist at R2W.
CameronCameron Taleaghni, 2014 STEM Intern of the Year is a high school student in Colorado.  He is taking college level classes and navigates R2W’s technologies with ease. He teaching volunteers how to utilize R2W’s technologies to achieve unprecedented positive outcomes.  He presents in-person and online classes to veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce.  Cameron is also a member of the US Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), one of the core sponsors of Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE).

 

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Fran Nixon, Florida Missions Operations Manager (MOM)

Fran Nixon, Florida Missions Operations Manager (MOM)

Fran Nixon, Florida Area Coordinator

Fran Nixon

 

Fran Nixon has been involved with R2W from the beginning.  She leads R2W’s long term contract with Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) providing vocational rehabilitation services to severely disabled people. See also coordinates volunteers and coaches student interns in Florida.   See “A Mothers Love” on our News page.

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