Employment inclusion is essential for JESPY house clients
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Employment inclusion is essential for JESPY house clients

Before the pandemic, client Thomas V. enjoyed his volunteer work at Daughters of Israel. (Courtesy JESPY)
Before the pandemic, client Thomas V. enjoyed his volunteer work at Daughters of Israel. (Courtesy JESPY)

JESPY’s Work Readiness & Employment Engagement program is an important service for clients who are searching for or maintaining employment. JESPY provides a wide variety of services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them to become increasingly independent. While some clients work full or part-time jobs, the department also helps clients prepare for employment by securing job training opportunities at community activity sites or through volunteering. Clients work in healthcare, clerical, insurance, government, retail, and food service jobs. The importance of their inclusion in all sectors is highlighted in October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Like many people in today’s workforce, JESPY clients have had to deal with downsizing due to the pandemic. The challenges they face as a result include maintaining their work skills and learning any new skills they need to return to work. Throughout the pandemic, JESPY’s WREE staff has been conducting extensive online research and sharing important training videos with clients to further enhance their job skills.

To learn more about how your business can partner with JESPY, email lfiore@jespy.org or go to jespy.org.

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