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

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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.

 

 

 

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

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.

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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.

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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.”

 

Small Business Program

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R2W Delivers the Right Level of Support to Disabled Job Seekers

Carol Sarganis

by
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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