Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

WHERE TO START?

 

     –  Career Exploration & Planning – 

   

        October 2nd, 2017, noon Mountain Time     

VFW Post #1
841 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO  80204

 

Farmers Insurance
5555 Tech Center Dr. Suite 110
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

 

COMMUNITY WRITING CENTER 
210 E 400 S
Suite 8 Salt Lake City, UT 84111

 
Online October 2nd, 2017 noon Mountain Time: 

 Register here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/tddxe9djri7i&eom

For info
call 720-359-1541
or use our
Contact Page

 Bring your laptop and headset!

 

Jennifer Cohen, Online Instructor
Greg Holt, Employment Specialist, Utah
Kim Anderson, Employment Specialist, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  Carly Repaci, STEM Intern, Colorado
Kaitlin Dial, Denver, Colorado
Ally Finlinson, STEM Intern, Utah

Need a change but don’t know what’s your best next career?  This free workshop is for you!

Exploring your options is the first step toward winning a fulfilling and lasting career.  Let’s dramatically speed up the process!

Career Exploration & Planning is a 20 minute webinar followed by a 1 hour in-person workshop.  Experts will show you how to use R2W’s innovative tools to quickly zero in on quality jobs matching your career goals, while increasing your interviews and job offers.

You might find the perfect job during the class.  You will also learn how to get additional training and one-on-one support from caring counselors.  Apply for a professional mentor too!

Applying for the right job could last a lifetime.  It’s worth exploring!

“Our workshops are FAST!    Benefits:  you can complete your own evaluation in a fraction of the time AND you can apply for a Mentor who will make a big commitment to you– 12 months.  It’s worth your time.”  R2W Founder, Rob Brazell

 

R2W Mentors

 Mentors provide expert help for a year or more. 

 

 
 

   

 

 

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Sponsor, Donors & Community Partners

 

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Day Of Caring 2017

 – Meaningful Event –

Foothills United Way, Office Evolution, ReadyTalk, StaffCV, and many others joined together to help recruit applicants for R&D projects at R2W.  R2W has participated in Foothills United Way’s Day of Caring for many years.  Collectively, we have made a huge difference in the lives of thousands of veterans at past events and continued the tradition this year.  We reached out to 500 veterans, disabled civilians, and their spouses for research to help them breakthrough employment barriers including PTSD, depression, and pain.

The event was help at the following:

Friday, September 8, 2017
8:00 AM – Noon – Call Bank @ Office Evolution 
Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch @Foothills United Way 
Continental Breakfast
Office Evolution
357 S. McCaslin Blvd Suite 200
Louisville, CO 80027

Our Call Bank reached out to 500 veterans in our system.  Kim Anderson, R2W Employment Specialist, gave great training to everyone.  Thank you for making this event a complete success!

 

   – VOLUNTEER FOR FUTURE EVENTS –

 720-359-1541
Kim Anderson
Kim.Anderson@Return2Work.org 

We are deeply grateful to all our sponsors, donors, and community partners who rallied the entire community to our cause.

DONATE – http://www.return2work.org/donate

SPONSORS, DONORS, & COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Sponsor an event(s):  http://www.return2work.org/contact-us

 


R2W on Fox News

Fox 13 News
 – The Place –
Salt Lake City

     click below    

How one company is helping veterans return to work

Rob, the founder and chairman of Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W), tells us about how they are helping local veterans and their spouses.

You can go to their upcoming event (click on the following):  Where To Start?

 

Other News

What STEM Interns Say About R2W

 

 

 

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Special Thanks To

 

Testimonials

Carly, R2W STEM Intern

I very much enjoyed working for R2W. Not only was everyone very kind, supportive, and patient with me while I was learning the ropes, but they all love working for R2W. The enthusiasm everyone has for what they do comes through clearly and makes for a pleasant, passionate community and work environment. While I was broadening my skillset, I got a perspective of the struggles the veterans and their families face when it comes to finding work: something I hadn’t had any insight or experience with at all previously. I worked hard and enjoyed working hard. Overall it was a very meaningful experience to me, and one I would recommend to others without hesitation. 

MOM – My daughter had the opportunity this year to intern with R2W and I felt that she gained invaluable insights into the struggles that veterans and the disabled encounter when trying to secure meaningful employment.  Working an honest day’s work and the sense of identity that it brings for someone who has had many challenges was eye opening for her.  Having heard me talk about the struggles my own brother helped bring this experience full circle.  [Rob Brazell, Founder] and the R2W team displayed a passion and drive to help everyone possible, including making may daughter’s experience as impactful as possible.  I would absolutely recommend R2W to anyone looking to help out in this difficult area.

Carly conducted a special 2 week STEM internship for her Senior project in May 2017-  80 hours. She continues to volunteer, helping train new STEM Interns and supporting R2W professionals placing injured veterans into lasting careers.

 

Kim Anderson, R2W Employment Specialist

Kim Anderson trained Carly how to use StaffCV– advanced technology donated to R2W for many years.  It distinguishes R2W from others and enables STEM Interns to make a significant contribution to society.  We all serve.

StaffCV is an amazing company!  They’re from New Zealand and don’t have a stake in our wars but they’ve given and given and given for years.  They’ve demonstrated not only the American spirit but also the human spirit that heals wounds and restores families.  Everyone at R2W is tremendously grateful.

ReadyTalk is also a key donated technology.  Only blocks from R2W’s headquarters, they too have demonstrated great patriotism for years.

 

 

 

JOB FAIR FOR VETERANS

Visit R2W’s booth!  Sign up for careers in several fields.

Friday, November 18, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301

Co-sponsored by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Workforce Boulder County, and Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

UCAR hosts 6th annual veterans job fair Nov. 18

Outreach focuses on veterans and people with disabilities, as well as the general public

BOULDER, Colo. — Veterans, people with disabilities, and the public can meet with more than 30 Front Range employers at a job fair hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research on Friday, Nov. 18, on UCAR’s Center Green campus, 3080 Center Green Drive, in north Boulder.

Now in its sixth year, the annual event is co-sponsored by UCAR, Workforce Boulder County, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Starting at 10 a.m., the first hour is dedicated to veterans and people with disabilities, after which the general public is also invited to participate, starting at 11 a.m. until the fair ends at 2 p.m.

read more – click here

 

R2W JOBS BOARD

 We’re not just a job board.

We provide executive level services to qualifying applicants – free.

It’s worth taking a little time for R2W’s unique evaluation, training, and placement process.

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Job Board –  CLICK HERE

Day of Caring – 2016 Employment Expo – REVERSE Job Fair; Online Job Fair; Call Bank

Our 2016 Day of Caring events were a huge success this year.  Call 720-359-1541 for information about our next Reverse Job Fair, Online Job Fair, and Call Bank.


 

 – Reverse Job Fair –

Reverse Job FairFun Auction.
Stellar candidates.
Highest placement rating.

Volunteers (click here):  2 art auctioneers, 4 party assistants, and 12 ancillary bidders
Employers & Applicants:  Register here

At our typical job fairs, we recruit 1,000 veterans & 100 employers.  Our Reverse Job Fair reverses that ratio. Employers compete for veterans instead of the other way around.

September 9, 2016
8:00 AM Setup and Greetings
9:00 AM Opening Speech & Auctions
11:30 AM Closing & Follow Up
12:30 PM Foothills United Way Picnic

Space Donated By

Office Evolution
357 McCaslin Blvd Ste 200, Louisville, CO 80027

Employer Party
September 8th    6:00 PM

Donated By


– Online Job Fair –

Online Job FairEmployers – get your own virtual table – connect remotely
Well qualified applicants
Volunteers:  Seeking 4 IT Specialists  – bring your laptop
Employers & Applicants:  Register here

Hosted by
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– Call Bank –

Call Bank

Last year, we called over 200 veterans;
a lot of lives were radically changes as a result.

Volunteers:  Seeking 15 volunteers – bring your own phone or laptop

 September 9, 2016

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EagleOne Call Center volunteered to host this year’s Call Bank with their employees at their facilities.

THANK YOU!


 

DAY OF CARING
2016 Employment Expo

Foothills United WayFor the past few years, Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) has partnered with Foothills United Way for their Day of Caring events.  It is the largest annual volunteer event in Boulder & Broomfield Counties.  Last year, several notable volunteers from the City of Boulder and other groups called over 200 veterans.  They radically improved several lives.

This year, we’re going to do another Call Bank plus an Online Job Fair and a Reverse Job Fair.

Our Reverse Job Fair is a fun auction that connects stellar candidates with hiring employers, focusing on IT and Sales careers this year.   At our typical job fairs, we recruit 1,000 veterans & 100 employers. Our Reverse Job Fair reverses that ratio. Employers compete for veterans instead of the other way around.  It involves considerably more time and effort to achieve these higher quality levels.

Reverse Job Fair Timeline
August 1:       Employer & Applicant Registration
August 15:     Interviews
August 30:    Select Final Candidates
September 8:     Employer Party
September 9:     Auctions

Our Online Job Fair is for all other employers and applicants.  R2W will provide easy-to-use virtual rooms donated by ReadyTalk.  We will also use advanced technologies donated by StaffCV to steer well qualified applicants to the employers’ virtual rooms.

Foothills United Way is recruiting and tracking volunteers again this year.  Office Evolution is donating not one but two locations.   EagleOne is volunteering substantial Call Center resources. Your Office Denver is donating Operators and other backroom support. ReadyTalk is donating the Online Job Fair.  StaffCV and Microsoft are donating advanced technologies making each event possible.  And other caring donors are making notable contributions to help our disabled Americans back to work, back to life.  Thank you!

www.return2work.org

Volunteers       Employers       Applicants            DONATE

 


 

Sponsors & Community Partners

Foothills United Way     Office Evolution     ReadyTalk Logo     staffcv_logo           EagleOneCorp LogoMicrosoftimage002     image001     Sesser Logo     Your Office     gregLind

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And Other Sponsors

 

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

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