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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

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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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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Just Plain Very Hard – Flash Floods – Boulder, CO

 

So hard to get the brain around how the recovery will happen since these scenes are repeated over such a broad area along the Front Range (plus the downstream impact as the waters combine on the plains).  I’m attaching two photos — one of the church where I was married and where my daughter and I were involved for all of her life and a couple more years before that for me (about 14 years).  I’m also attaching a photo of how it looks now.  Descriptions sound like soil from the Fourmile Canyon Fire’s burn area came down bringing black water (not “blackwater”), cars, telephone poles, large boulders … and gouged the area to six feet below the former road bed.

I used to live in Boulder Canyon — my own house was not in the 100-year-floodplain but so many were.  As you know, rebuilding can’t begin until there is a road to deliver supplies.

It just hurts to think about and I’m not even dealing with any loss.  My daughter lives on Capitol Hill and I live next to Highlands (HIGH lands) so … we’re fine since we didn’t have runoff or canyon flashfloods to experience.

I know you’ll like how people will pull together but it’s also a tense time when absolutely everyone is grieving.  Very different from when, say, one person’s house burns and everyone chips in to help their situation.

There are also degrees of “survivor guilt” where someone feels they can’t talk about their sadness because they “only” lost the VIEW from their home and someone else lost their HOME.  In every case, each person needs to find someone who can listen but often other victims are the only ones who really understand and yet they are coping with their own loss.  Recovery is prolonged because of this and it’s just plain very hard.

R2W Headquarters Hit Hard.

Please volunteer online or donate now 
100% helps R2W client
15 years in Boulder

Stay tuned for prayer circles and heartening National Guard rescuers near R2W’s offices.

 

Volunteer For Boulder Emergency

The roads are closed.  Still, volunteers from other states are keeping R2W’s operations running.  Clients can still login and connect with employers.  We’re still conducting counseling services that are more relevant than ever.

We are focusing on helping evacuees transition out of shelters and replacing computer equipment to get key counselors back into the field.  We are using R2W’s buddy system to help each other with shelter, food, groovy clothing, a good listener, and a place to call home while figuring out the next step.    Recruiting volunteers for the cleanup.

Your help matters more than ever right now.  Please GET INVOLVED now.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1141652/colorado-floods-helicopters-rescue-stranded

Day Of Caring 2013 – FLASH FLOOD UPDATE

     The in-person portion of this event has been cancelled due to flash flooding.  However, rain or shine, we are still going forward with the online portion for homebound volunteers and volunteers in other states who want to demonstrate their care and respect.

     Drop in online when you can, leave when you want– 9:00 – 10:00 is for everyone regardless of your technical skills.

     Visit www.readytalk.com and enter 3160014 in the PARTICIPANT box.  Email rob.brazell@return2work.org for details.

 

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We care about wounded warriors and their spouses.  Please join us for Day of Caring to help us get deserving people back to work and back to life.  We are seeking volunteers who have substantial experience with databases to help post jobs in our recruitment system, and then match veterans with those jobs.

Highly qualified staff will provide a brief training session then tutor you through as many job postings as you can complete in two or three hours.   Bring your laptop if you’d like to continue volunteering from home after Day of Caring!  And please consider following up with our CALL BANK to reach out to both employers and applicants, letting them know we’ve found a match for them.

WHEN:           September 13, 2013                         9am – noon

WHERE:         Register for location Followed by a delicious BBQ and Award Ceremony at Foothills United Way

 

Direct volunteer link:  http://volunteer.unitedwayfoothills.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000GGd5sMAD#5c433ecdaca59558d5b2083906b4ea3f&wrs=HOC0130-002-2ddc49ad-c9ca-4c2d-8659-9dd054484015

Project: Return To Work Inc. Thanks Sponsors For Support

 

Project: Return to Work, Inc. (R2W) helps wounded warriors, disabled Americans and others to find productive and fulfilling jobs.

 

“Our participation in the Day of Caring and the work we do in general would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” notes R2W President Rob Brazell.  We would like to give special thanks to Foothills United Way for hosting this event and recruiting 25 highly skilled volunteers —using laptops donated for the day by LeaderQUEST—who will post jobs in R2W’s recruitment system donated by StaffCV at facilities donated by Office Evolution, Your Office, and Charlotte County Justice Center.  We also want to thank ReadyTalk for donating web conferencing services enabling homebound volunteers to participate.   ReadyTalk’s in-kind support also enables volunteers to participate remotely from our offices in Florida.

 

Many volunteers will continue serving after Day of Caring to match over 7,000 active duty service members, veterans, their spouses, and disabled citizens to the best positions.  R2W will also offer proven training to help prepare applicants for interviews.  Our innovative technologies and tremendous community spirit enable us to better connect the dots between applicants and employer, achieving unprecedented positive outcomes.

 

This event is in support of Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE) at www.mvee.org.

 

      

    

Military and Veterans Employment Expo – Pikes Peak 2013

TESTIMONIALS.    STORIES.    LINKS.  

 

Just wanted to reach out to you after meeting you at the job fair.  It was quite an accomplishment getting that many employers there. Very impressive….three of them looked at my skill set and clearance (Booz Allen, Northrup Grummen, and Dept of State)… it was good to meet and greet those three and get a feel for them.   After all, it only takes one to hire me.

Thank you again for the opportunities presented there.

Joe , USAF, Intelligence Analyst

 

 I wanted to thank you again for your mentoring tips, express what a pleasure it was to finally meet you, listen to the passion in your voice about this years MVEE, …and also for you to take the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me one on one.

Stephen

Thank you for all you did on the MVEE I found it more than usefull. I will try to use it to aid me in my job search.

Brain

… just by allowing me to come to a job expo and putting one on is helping.”

Gary

VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS

“I want to thank you for introducing me to R2W and wish to continue to offer support – like the MVEE job fair. That was extremely gratifying.”
Linda

The event was held May 15, 16 and 17 at PPCC (Pikes Peak Community College) 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO
Register:  www.mvee.org

Statistics show that our veteran unemployment is higher than their civilian counterparts. That’s why key federal and state agencies, together with numerous nongovernmental entities, have banded together to organize a three-day expo to provide needed and essential assistance to veterans and military personnel seeking employment in Colorado.

As the U.S. economy struggles to regain its footing, job fairs can be found popping up all over the state. But the Military and Veterans Employment Expo is different. Exclusively offered to veterans and military personnel, the expo invites these uniquely talented workers to take advantage of free job skills workshops, training, and counseling.
Government agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, and the Colorado National Guard and community partners such as the Return2Work nonprofit group are collaborating to organize this important event. As the late-2011 withdrawal date of U.S. forces from Iraq has passed, more heroically discharged military personnel are requiring workforce-reintegration support. The Military and Veterans Employment Expo will become a key part of many veterans’ redevelopment programs.

Upcoming three day Military and Veterans Employment EXPO is being planned for Colorado Springs, May 15, 16 and 17. For those of you who may not be familiar with this event, it is a new and improved approach to a job fair. The first two days the participants spend in training, working with mentors and preparing to communicate their job skills. Once they have done that and fulfilled a designated requirement, they are given the opportunity on the third day to interview with companies that have come with open job offerings. This is open to all military and spouses but those who have participated in the first two days are given preference.

The Equation for Your Success

Express Yourself: Resume Writing for the Private Sector:
It can be a challenge to translate the military lingo within your resume to a language the hiring authority can understand. This class will cover the four types of resumes: chronological, functional, combination and target. Teaching the participants to take military experience and translate it into civilian lingo. Showing the participants various ways to write an awesome resume starting with an effective objective statement and continuing on with powerful action words that best describe their talents and skills

Does the Color Of my Suit Really Matter? Interviewing Attire:
Being able to dress with confidence and feel comfortable is just as important as preparing an impressive resume. Make your very first appearance one the employer will not forget. This class will cover the when, what, where and how when it comes to dressing for success. Which attire is the choice attire for the position you are interviewing for.

Let’s Hear From The Experts; Employer Panels:
This session will give attendees the opportunity to hear from employers within various fields on topics such as what they are looking for in employees, what types of certifications are needed, growth within their field, and what they are looking for in a resume. Hear it from the experts who deal with resumes on a daily basis.

To Do or Not To Do During An Interview:
The presenter on this topic will give you pointers on how to prepare a few days before the interview as well as the very moment you actually step into the interview. He/She will present a few difficult questions that you may face at the interview and show you the importance of developing stories to tell that speaks about your experience in a story like format.

Today’s Tools to Market Yourself; Social Networking:
Using the social networks such as Linked In and Twitter can be just as effective in landing a job as the job websites themselves and we want to get you started. We will explain how these social networks can be beneficial to you, what to and what not to place on your social network page informative and getting you started on today’s modern way of networking.
This Mission Is Not Impossible; Federal Resume Writing:

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What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up? Career Exploration:
If you want more than just a job but more of a career, this is the class for you. Many of us are looking for a career where we can showboat our talents with purpose and passion but have no idea what that career may be. Let this class help you identify your interest and match them with your skills and abilities. Let’s find your future career!
Work It! Working A Job Fair:

Just showing up and dropping off resumes doesn’t work at today’s job fairs. Believe it or not there is a technique to working a job fair so that you can make the experience effective for you and put you a head of your competition. In this class learn how to catch the eye of your future Employer and simply stand out!

 

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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