Keeping Vermont's Workforce Expanding

In some cases, individuals who work together can become close friends.  For those who have certain mental, or physical disabilities, working is not always possible.  That's where the Way2Work program comes in. 

As part of the Vermont non-profit, Champlain Community Services (CCS), it gives extra support to those who need it in the workforce.

"We service pretty much all of Vermont in supporting individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment find competitive employment inclusive in their communities," says Michelle Paya, Director of Supported Employment Services for CCS.

Paya says Way2Work partners with 55 different employers through Chittenden, Grand Isle, and Franklin counties. 

"It's a lot of exploration with the employer to find out what their needs are and exploration with the candidates to find out what their desires and strengths are and where their abilities really lie," says Paya.

Way2Work currently supports 87 people across Vermont.  Paya says 93% of them are working at least one job.  The program provides job coaching to employer and employee.  Transportation is also provided.  

CCS celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  To donate, click here.

 


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