Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

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

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.

 

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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

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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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A Mother’s Love

Non-profit organization needs your donation to keep its mission alive.

“Thank you for your service,” the phrase civilians often use when they encounter military personnel, seems inadequate considering the sacrifices these warriors have made.

Please give lasting thanks by making a donation to Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W). This national organization honors returning veterans by matching them with employers who need their skills. R2W’s unique approach slashes the job-search timeframe from months or even longer to just minutes compared to services provided by government agencies. Since 1998, R2W has helped thousands of returning vets, military spouses and disabled civilians find jobs commensurate with their skills, aptitudes, and interests.

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

Founded by former aerospace engineer Rob Brazell, his mother, Fran Nixon, and lifetime mentor, Malcolm D. Crawford, R2W was initially conceived to help people with disabilities. Brazell, who had recently recovered from a terminal illness, decided that “instead of building rockets and satellites I would start R2W to help myself and other disabled people transition back to employment and self-worth.”

Combining Nixon’s human resources and government background and Brazell’s technology prowess, the mother-son team launched the software-driven job search organization 17 years ago and gained a successful track record placing civilians. Brazell’s father, Ray, a WWII Marine, Uncle Floyd and Uncle Dale, a WWII Army Veteran, then helped expand R2W’s mission to include veterans—especially wounded warriors—and their spouses. Nixon, a state-certified vocational rehabilitation counselor in Florida, procured and fulfilled government contracts while Brazell, accompanied by the late Sargent Douglas “Bulldog” Dellinger, gave motivational speeches at military bases, prompting hundreds of injured soldiers to sign up for R2W’s innovative services.

“R2W’s achievements would have been impossible without the devotion of my mother, who not only nursed me back to health during my illness and helped me launch a model business but also came out of retirement to help save it years later”, Brazell says.

A Christmas Puppy A Mother's Love

A Christmas Puppy
A Mother’s Love

Four years ago Nixon, emerged from retirement again when a car accident left Brazell with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder—injuries identical to those of hundreds of the veterans R2W had served. Nixon has covered many of Brazell’s former duties since his accident, and this proud son credits his mother with keeping R2W afloat during his ongoing rehabilitation. On a personal note, Nixon purchased a puppy for her dog-loving son this Christmas, and she hopes to persuade the breeder to donate a puppy to a returning vet.

“Today R2W is thriving with fewer resources thanks to donated technology tools and bright young volunteers who understand how to use them,” says Brazell. “Without new funds, however, we’re in danger of losing grant money that is crucial to our mission. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation this holiday season.”

 

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In Loving Memory of Malcolm Douglas Crawford 
(August 29, 1920 – May 6, 2014)

by Stefanie O’Conner for Rob Brazell,  R2W Founder –

Coffee With Malcolm 2009

I am deeply saddened to inform our readers that Malcolm Douglas Crawford, R2W’s Treasurer and my lifelong mentor, passed away on May 6 after a long illness.

 

It is difficult for me to put into words the profound influence Malcolm Crawford has had upon my life, my career and the founding of R2W.  The best place to start is with a brief summary of this extraordinary man’s background and achievements.

 

Malcolm Crawford was born in Nashville and later studied Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Inspired by the geopolitical events of the era, he enrolled in the newly established Tufts-Harvard Fletcher School of Diplomacy, from which he received an MA in 1944.  He then went to Yale Law School, from which he graduated with honors in 1947.  He subsequently served as a consular official at the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris, assisting with postwar reconstruction efforts. He spent most of his professional life working as a securities and corporate attorney in Denver, and worked well into his late 80s.

 

When I was ready to make the leap from “Big Corporation USA” to my own company in the 1980s, Malcolm helped me form my aeronautics business.  He taught me everything I know about private stock sales, as well as how to negotiate with multiple partners all vying for control.  His generous guidance and counsel added greatly to the success of my aerospace business prior to my being diagnosed with a terminal illness.  When I started to get better, Malcolm helped form, manage and operate R2W—including helping to recruit a blue-ribbon board and win our initial government contract.  He continued to open doors and make difficult situations effortless for us over the years, never asking for anything in return.

 

Malcolm’s mentorship transcended private and public business endeavors.  We talked about The New Deal, Adolf Hitler, and the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II.  We talked about analogies in today’s world and how he might do things differently.  He had a wonderfully reserved sense of humor—smiles and chuckles as opposed to big belly laughs.  He was one of America’s greatest statesmen and philanthropists and I was extremely fortunate to have known him.

 

Malcolm is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Sheila Eigeman Crawford, and his five children and seven grandchildren.  Please join me in remembering Malcolm Crawford for his gift of friendship, his generosity, kindness and intelligence.

LIVE HELP & Free Career Planning Services

by Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host.    

Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host

 

Next Webinar:

 Please use our Contact Page for more information.

We’ll START with your questions.

Career Planning Services

As a training specialist I am motivated by the opportunity to help others understand and take advantage of learning opportunities that lead to personal growth. R2W is truly focused on creating opportunities for veterans and their spouses, as well as disabled Americans.

My professional focus is on technology in training, and the Career Planning and Exploration Webinar is an excellent way for me to connect and communicate with many of those who qualify for R2W’s services. The Webinar is designed to guide attendees through the career profiling process and to help attendees link their work preferences to available jobs.

Some of the benefits of the Career Planning and Exploration Webinar include:

 

  1. Learning how to navigate R2W’s jobs list.
  2. Creating a work profile for job applications.
  3. Developing an understanding of your work preferences.
  4. Saving time getting started on the job search.
  5. Utilizing a free service.
  6. Building confidence for your job search.

 

Why not take advantage of this opportunity to learn about yourself and your potential?

Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host

 

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Jennifer Cohen 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.

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Career Exploration and Planning


Meeting Description:
Need a change but don’t know what’s your best   next career?  This free webinar 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 1 hour class showing you how to conduct your own evaluation in a fraction of the time.  Experts will show you how to use R2W’s innovative tools to quickly zero in on  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.

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

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Testimonial:

Joe says:  “This webinar looks like a great resource for vets, as is R2W itself.”

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R2W Delivers the Right Level of Support to Disabled Job Seekers

Carol Sarganis

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Stefanie Fleisig O’Connor

Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W) is probably best known for helping U.S. veterans to transition back into civilian society via meaningful employment.  Founded in 1998, the Colorado-based non-profit organization has a solid track record of training and placing service people—including wounded warriors with significant disabilities—to perform jobs that best suit their needs and capabilities.

R2W’s mission transcends the veteran segment, however, to include non-military Americans with varying degrees of disability.  Carol Sarganis, a Naples, FL-based Employment Specialist and job coach who was hired by R2W in 2006, is uniquely qualified to fulfill her role with empathy as well as expertise.

“I have the Limb Girdle form of Muscular Dystrophy, which affects the lower extremities,” Sarganis explains.  “I had trouble walking throughout childhood and I have used a wheelchair since high school.”  Despite her lifelong challenges Sarganis feels that she also has had many opportunities, including being able to serve as a remedial reading specialist at the elementary school level for 28 years.  “I’ve always had an innate desire to help people with disabilities,” she says, “and my teaching experience has helped me be effective for R2W’s clients.”

On R2W’s behalf Sarganis became a certified provider of the Federally-funded Division of Vocational Training (DVR).  In this role she helps disabled job seekers in the Naples area with everything from appropriate dress and hygiene advice to transportation to job interviews.  Her clients fall into three tiers: those with multiple disabilities who require significant job support, people who can perform their jobs with some support, and job seekers who can be independent after the initial training period.

Sarganis has learned to adapt her teaching style, including coaching prospective employees on resume preparation and interview skills, to both the capabilities and limitations of each client.  At times this means gently adjusting expectations.  “I have a client named John who wanted to be an animal trainer, but his disabilities precluded this,” she recalls.   In addition to having a borderline IQ, which makes many tasks too difficult, this client suffers from extremely low self- esteem—a trait that contributed to John’s history of quitting jobs after a short time.

Sarganis realized that John needed an unusually high level of affirmation from an employer, and worked to find the right fit for him.

A job bagging groceries at Publix, a large supermarket chain, was the answer for John.  “Publix has a track record of hiring people with special needs, and his supervisors did a great job training him,” Sarganis says.  “This employer is especially good about validating his work and feelings.”  After nearly three years in a full-time position at Publix, Sarganis considers John a success story.

R2W client Pete’s limitations are similar to John’s, but he couldn’t be more different in temperament and attitude.  “He’s outgoing and very self-confident, which is wonderful,” explains Sarganis, “but his extreme chattiness was hurting his employment chances.”  She worked with Pete to build a resume—something she does with every client—and also taught him to curb his loquaciousness, a decidedly more unusual task.  “We’re still working on it,” she says with a laugh.  Having served as a grocery bagger at Winn Dixie since 2010, Pete is now training to become a stock boy.  Sarganis has gotten to know Pete’s family and she notes that his parents, like the vast majority of clients’ parents, strive to help their child become as independent as possible.

Sarganis also has had success placing people who require far less support.  In the case of Michael, who suffered a stroke in his 40s that left him paralyzed on one side, the bulk of her job was providing logistics.  R2W got the ball rolling by helping to prepare a resume and line up interviews and transportation, and Michael ran with it, impressing his prospective employer so much that he was hired on the spot as a security guard in a gated community. “He was extremely proactive and had a great attitude,” Sarganis says.  Michael has served in this job for around three years.

Whether a job seeker needs heavy support during and after the employment process or, like Michael, is able to move forward without much contact after placement, R2W is equipped to deliver the appropriate level of help for people who want to be gainfully employed despite their limitations.

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Who Are You And Why Should I Care?

The biggest problem facing every business and individual today is choice—lot’s of good choice.  And most businesses and individuals do a poor job of differentiating themselves to become the first and obvious choice for their market.

 “Who Are You and Why Should I Care?” teaches attendees how to define their individual and business brands to get noticed in our over-communicated world. It teaches them how to be remembered by learning ways to truly differentiate themselves and their products and services. And attendees discover how to stay relevant by giving their market ongoing reasons to care about them and stay engaged.

 Follow this  link for a video about Steve Brazell’s innovative approach:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIHkcezQCiI

 

“THE INDIVIDUAL OR COMPANY’S BRAND THAT BEST EMBODIES THE IDEA—WINS.”

— Hitman
COMPETITION REMOVAL™ EXPERT

Steve Brazell is the architect of “Competition Removal”—the idea that it is easier for an individual or company to beat their competition through innovation and real differentiation rather than trying to compete with them head-to-head.

Affectionately known as “The Hitman,” he is an ideator—and helps companies and individuals grow market share and profits by developing and communicating new ideas that set their brands and products apart­—making them the first and obvious choice for their customers.

Entrepreneur

Steve founded Hitman Inc almost 15 years ago, and works with some of the world’s leading corporate and celebrity brands. He also works with start-ups providing marketing and branding expertise as well as early round investment. He is the recipient of multiple industry awards including; Addys and Bronze Quills, and was one of Esquire’s 45 Under 45 Professional Men. Steve recently designed the world’s first (patent pending) online Branding Engine—Brand Op.™

 Author and Keynote Speaker

Steve is the author of “Clear! The simple guide to keeping your business alive and kicking”, and is in high-demand to present and workshop at companies, conferences, universities, and private leadership groups around the world.  Steve presents on the art of Competition Removal, marketing, branding, and persuasive communication techniques. He has been rated in the top 1% of events he attends and listed as “most thought provoking,” and “most life-changing.”

 Media Guest

Steve is  a savvy media guest combining a quick wit, unabashed opinions, and deep branding insight that adds to any conversation.

 He is fluent in Japanese and an avid student of body language, human behavior, and Far East Philosophy. Hitman Inc is located in New York City and Vegas.

 

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