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Celebrating its 45th Anniversary, WorkSource Enterprises provides employment and job training to adults with disabilities. Although we reach in excess of 350 people each year, we could not fulfill our mission without the support of individuals and organizations who believe in, and contribute to, the work that we do.

Below are some of the recent examples of our community's investment in the lives of persons with disabilities.

WorkSource Employee Receives Statewide Award

WorkSource Enterprises employee Michelle Porter was selected as a recipient of the 2013 vaACCSES Staff Recognition Award for her excellence in service to Virginians with disabilities.  The award was presented on September 30 at an awards dinner that was part of the annual Collaborations Conference in Virginia Beach.  The Collaborations Conference is co-sponsored by Virginia APSE, vaACCSES and the Virginia Rehabilitation Association.  Recipients of the award demonstrate dedication, flexibility, innovation, leadership and collaboration in support of Virginians with disabilities.

Ms. Porter is an Employment Specialist for WorkSource Enterprises.  In that position, Ms. Porter helps individuals with disabilities gain meaningful employment working for area companies.  Ms. Porter also provides follow-along assistance to help those individuals maintain successful job placements.  Ms. Porter earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater College and joined WorkSource Enterprises in 2012.

Charles J. McElroy, President of WorkSource, noted that “Michelle demonstrates exemplary dedication, flexibility, innovation, leadership and collaboration in support of area residents with disabilities.  Several of Michelle’s clients, guardians and businesses wrote to support Michelle’s nomination for this award.”

Since 2001 when vaACCSES inaugurated the staff recognition awards program, eleven WorkSource staff members have received this award in recognition of their excellence in service to Virginians with disabilities.  Six of the eleven are still employed by WorkSource Enterprises.

WorkSource Enterprises Issues FY2013 Demographic Profile

In late July, WorkSource Enterprises released a report describing the people it served during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.  The report shows that WorkSource Enterprises helped 391 persons with disabilities and that 73% of these individuals received services to assist them to obtain and maintain jobs with approximately 115 local employers.

During the past fiscal year (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013), WorkSource Enterprises served 391 individuals living in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson Counties.  Most often, these individuals are people with an intellectual disability (29%), mental illness (17%) or a learning disability (11%).  In addition, 22% of WorkSource Enterprises’ clients served during the year were area high school students who were designated by local school systems to be “at risk” and in need of support services.

WorkSource Enterprises provided several services to address the community’s needs.  More than 70% of WorkSource’s clients were served by community job placement services (286 individuals), which assisted 134 high school students seeking employment, a program to secure employment for 71 persons transitioning from TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) assistance, and an individualized supported employment program which trained 81 adults with disabilities for jobs.

In addition to its Community Job Placement services, WorkSource Enterprises operates an assembly and packaging operation that provided job training and employment for 30 local citizens.  The WorkSource janitorial and housekeeping division served 15 individuals with disabilities through work on a federal contract at the Federal Executive Institute.  WorkSource owns and operates BreadWorks Bakery & Deli where 12 persons with disabilities were fully integrated into the operation during the year.  The WorkSource Day Support program provided pre-vocational, educational and recreational activities throughout the fiscal year to 46 persons with severe disabilities.

In total, persons served by WorkSource Enterprises earned $1.7 million during the year ended June 30, 2013.  More than $1.3 million of this total was paid by area employers to persons with disabilities who had been placed by WorkSource Enterprises through its community job placement service.

In reviewing the number of individuals with disabilities served during the fiscal year, Charles J.  McElroy, WorkSource President, noted that over 25% of those served during the fiscal year participated in WorkSource programs on a daily basis.  “Thanks in large part to a talented and dedicated staff, as well as strong support from funders, employers and the local community, WorkSource was able to make a significant difference in the lives of nearly 400 area citizens with disabilities during the fiscal year,” according to McElroy. 

WorkSource Enterprises Receives Grant from Local Civitan Club

In August, WorkSource Enterprises announced that it had received a grant of $1,000 from the Thomas Jefferson Civitan Club in honor of two WorkSource employees, Anita Morris and Diana Wilson, who are members of the club. The funds will be used to improve computer systems at the nonprofit.

WorkSource Enteprises Receives Grant from Bama Works Fund

In June, WorkSource Enterprises received a grant of $10,000 from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.  The funds will be used to purchase new computers to replace units originally purchased as long ago as 2003.

WorkSource Enteprises Receives Grant from J&E Berkley Foundation

In early June, WorkSource Enterprises announced that it had received a grant of $3,000 from The J&E Berkley Foundation in support of its Center-Based Employment Services program. The Center-Based Employment Program is the longest-running WorkSource program, beginning in 1967.  Clients in the program have a wide variety of disabilities and earn paychecks by assembling products and direct mail pieces for area companies.  Production and assembly services are provided at WorkSource Enterprises’ offices at 1311 Carlton Avenue in Charlottesville.  (Other WorkSource programs assist individuals working in the community.)  Funds from the grant will be used to support the operation of the center-based program.

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