July 14, 2016
STEP Thrift Store and Donation Center (formerly known as Tried and True) opened its third location in Dearborn Heights! Owned and operated by (STEP) Services To Enhance Potential, STEP Thrift Store and
Donation Centers hire individuals with barriers to employment. Customers who shop and/or donate at any of our thrift store locations are helping the consumers of STEP services become proud members of society.
Support our cause and visit our three locations: 23830 Ford Rd Dearborn Hts, MI 48127; 35004 W Michigan Ave Wayne, MI 48184; 15413 Dix Toledo Southgate, MI 48195. For more information visit STEPcentral.org and find us on facebook.com/enhancepotential/.
May 5, 2016
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan received a $40,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area to support its new Employment and Training Center in Holland.
“We sincerely thank the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area for their generous support on this very exciting opportunity to greatly expand our mission services to Ottawa County,” said Goodwill President and CEO Richard Carlson.
The grant was issued to help fill the void left by Kandu, Inc., a Holland-based nonprofit that provided work opportunities for people with developmental disabilities that unexpectedly closed last August.
Since the grant announcement in late February, Goodwill has signed a build-to-suit lease agreement for a 10,000 square-foot facility at 12330 James Street in Holland, with plans to open this summer.
February, 15, 2016
New Horizons School-to-Work Program Reaches it’s Tenth Year in Partnership with Southfield School District and Michigan Rehabilitation Services
New Horizons is proud to be in partnership with Southfield School District and Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) for the 10th year now. Since partnering with the Southfield School District in 2006 with our School-to-Work program, 179 students have been competitively placed into employment as of September 2015.
The School-To-Work program is a 12 week school transition program that provides training and education that leads to employment. This program is open to juniors and seniors enrolled in special education through their school district.
New Horizons provides invaluable services such as:
- In-classroom services teaching job seeking skills and transition topics from resume preparation to employer expectations on the job.
- Minimum wage or higher paid Community Based Assessments with a job coach provided.
- Job Placement (after school, summer, and permanent positions).
- 90-day follow along services for job retention.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact us at 248-340-0559 or you can go to our website www.newhorizonsrehab.org for more information.
February 10, 2016
Judson Center Announces New Chief Executive Officer and President
Royal Oak – Judson Center formally announces the appointment of Chief Executive Officer and President, Lenora Hardy-Foster. She replaces interim CEO and long-time Board Member, David Zimmer. Ms. Hardy-Foster comes to Judson Center from her previous position as the Executive Director at Southwest Solutions in Detroit.
In her new role beginning on March 7th, Ms. Hardy-Foster will be responsible for guiding the strategic direction of Judson Center by creating new partnerships, working with the Board and building upon the 92 year legacy of improving lives all while creating a strong, productive community throughout Southeast Michigan.
Lenora Hardy-Foster earned her MBA and is an alumna of the University of Detroit Mercy. Her career has been dedicated to social services, primarily at Southwest Solutions and its subsidiaries for the past three decades. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Lenora was the Vice President, Finance and Administration, overseeing the Financial, Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, Health & Safety and Property Management functions. She also chaired Southwest Solutions Executive Leadership Team as well as served on several non-profit corporations governing boards. In addition, Ms. Hardy-Foster is a member of the Detroit Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI), where she serves as President. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXIII.
“With over thirty years of experience at Southwest Solutions combined with her other professional accomplishments, Lenora has gained unique insight and knowledge of the current nonprofit landscape and what it takes to be our next CEO. It is very clear that she has the experience and heart for our mission”, shared Board of Trustees Chair, Kyle Hauberg.
New Cohort Launched for Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program
In November 2014, the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council received a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), as part of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) to work on “Employment First” in Michigan. The grant focuses on four key areas: provider transformation, capacity building through provider staff training, rate restructuring and reimbursement, and promoting partnerships with workforce development in implementing Employment First principles and practices in Michigan.
MARO has actively participated in the EFSLMP during the last fiscal year. Participation has been focused on Provider Transformation, with access to subject matter expertise in moving toward a business and service model optimally oriented toward community employment; and Capacity Building, through the provision of Job Development and Customized Employment training. ODEP representatives have lauded MARO and its participating members for their dynamic role in this process, and technical assistance will continue this year.
The four MARO member organizations selected by ODEP’s Subject Matter Experts for participation in FY 16 are Community Enterprises of St. Clair Co. in Port Huron, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan in Adrian, Mid Michigan Industries (MMI) in Mt. Pleasant, and TRICO Opportunities in Kingsford.
ODEP Subject Matter Experts will present at the MARO Spring Leadership Conference in Traverse City in June, along with a panel of participating organizations. MARO is one of only two statewide provider associations directly involved in this grant – indicative of a position of leadership in providing our members with the best information and expertise available, and the highest level of connectivity promoting positive, collaborative outcomes on behalf of the people we serve.
MARO has actively participated in the national Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Components of this grant have included Provider Transformation, with access to subject matter expertise in moving toward an optimally community employment oriented service model; and Capacity Building, through the provision of Customized Employment training. MARO is one of only two statewide provider associations participating in this grant – indicative of a position of leadership in providing our members with the best information and expertise available, and the highest level of connectivity promoting positive, collaborative outcomes on behalf of the people we serve. ODEP representatives have lauded MARO and its participating members for their dynamic role in this process, and funding will continue next year.
MARO is partnering with Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Disability Network / Michigan to implement the Business Services Initiative, a statewide collaborative effort to engage the business community and increase employment for people with disabilities in Michigan. An outreach of this initiative has been Governor Snyder’s Business to Business Summit, in which MARO has participated – engaging and enhancing the awareness of the employer community regarding the talent pool represented by Michigan’s job seekers with disabilities. Parallel to this effort has been the HiddenTalent Tour of Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. MARO member organizations hosted presentations during this tour, and served as panelists for discussions in support of increasing employment levels in Michigan for people with disabilities.