$450,000 Kessler Foundation Grant to Encourage People with Disabilities to Look for Employment

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Kessler Foundation has awarded a two-year, $450,000 Signature Employment Grant to JEVS Human Services in Philadelphia, PA to pilot Road to Employment, to test a new mechanism for motivating people with disabilities to pursue employment, connecting them to long-term support services, and reducing public benefits dependence. After the pilot proves the intervention’s effectiveness, JEVS Human Services will scale it throughout Pennsylvania’s managed care system to maximize its reach.

The grant is part of over $2.4 million in grants awarded by Kessler Foundation in 2019 to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

“JEVS Human Services will develop several interrelated tools to support the project,” said Stephanie Koch senior vice president, business development at JEVS Human Services. “This includes a roadmap guiding people with disabilities through the complex consideration of working and receiving public benefit assistance; an interactive app with benefits calculator illustrating the long-term financial impact of multiple employment scenarios based on earnings alongside public benefits; and a training curriculum.”

JEVS believes the Road to Employment program will increase the number of people with disabilities who are employed. As a result, participants will experience improved health outcomes and significant monetary gains due to lower health costs and more wages.

“Many people with disabilities do not pursue employment that could provide them with a higher quality of life–sustainable incomes, health benefits, and socialization opportunities–than public benefits affords them,” explained Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, senior vice president for grants and communications at Kessler Foundation. “The support services and managed care being offered in this model has the potential to embolden people with disabilities to enter the job market.”

Short term, the hope is that individuals will learn to advocate for themselves more effectively and employers will experience a change in attitudes regarding people with disabilities. Longer term, JEVS will seek to measure the number of managed care organizations across the Philadelphia region and the nation that adopt this approach.

About JEVS Human Services

JEVS was founded in 1941 to meet the employment needs of the region’s Jewish community and has since evolved to meet the needs of people from all walks of life seeking to realize their vocational and personal potential. JEVS’ mission is to enhance the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs and create innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs.

JEVS serves nearly 30,000 vulnerable individuals each year, excelling at helping clients who are low-income, have a disability, are unemployed, and others facing multiple barriers navigate the best options to meet their needs and connect to sustainable education, training, and employment opportunities, all of which are carefully designed to help clients gain independence. For more information, visit jevshumanservices.org.

About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.

Apply Now

Kessler Foundation is accepting applications now for its 2020 grant programs. To learn more and to apply, please visit our website. Signature Employment Grants applications are due February 14, 2020. Community Employment Grants applications are due by April 6, 2020. Inquires accepted for Special Initiative Grants on a rolling basis.

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Jeffrey Frankel, Traliant Marketing Vice President, Wins ‘Top 100 Marketer’ Award

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Jeffrey Frankel, Vice President of Marketing for Traliant, an innovator in online sexual harassment training, received a ‘Top 100 Marketer Award’ at the 2020 OnCon Conference, January 17, at the Gaylord Palms Resort, in Orlando, Florida.

Voted on by their peers, winners of the OnCon Icon Awards represent many of the senior leaders from the world's top marketing organizations, including Mastercard, PepsiCo, Aetna/CVS and Sharp Electronics.

“This award recognizes Jeff’s ability to inspire a great team and communicate to our customers, partners and HR community in authentic ways about what matters most to them and their organizations,” said Mike Pallatta, Traliant CEO and Co-Founder.

Frankel joined Traliant in January 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of marketing, demand generation, brand awareness, communications and thought leadership. In the last two years, Traliant has experienced 12x growth in revenue and expanded its customer base to more than 2,500 organizations, including Cedars-Sinai, Hilton Worldwide, Alcoa, Rooms To Go, PepsiCo and Logitech.

About Traliant

Traliant was founded by industry veterans from some of the world's most successful compliance training companies to meet the challenge of transforming compliance training from boring to brilliant. Backed by Martinson Ventures, Traliant delivers award-winning, bite-sized training on an eLearning platform that enables fast and easy customization. Courses are available on numerous workplace topics including Diversity Training and Sensitivity Training. For more information, visit: http://www.traliant.com.

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Smith to Host Hiring Open House at Its Austin Office

HOUSTON (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and provider of custom supply chain services, today announces its upcoming hiring open house at its Austin location. Smith representatives will be on-hand to meet with local talent and discuss opportunities in the company’s Austin-based electronic component, solar, and ITAD sales departments.

“As Smith grows and diversifies in the midst of Austin’s thriving tech scene, we are excited to find new and experienced sales representatives to join our office,” said Ken Neusaenger, Smith’s Trading Manager in Austin.

As a family-owned business, Smith provides its employees with ample opportunities to make an impact in the technology industry while helping shape the company around them. The company nurtures a casual, people-first environment, offering a competitive benefits package and uncapped commissions for its salespeople. Smith’s Austin office overlooks the surrounding Hill Country and is within walking distance of numerous retail stores and restaurants, as well as an arboretum.

“We offer driven salespeople unlimited opportunities to build deals, customer relationships, and success,” said Patti Everitt, HR & Recruiting Manager at Smith. “Our team is looking forward to meeting motivated candidates filled with entrepreneurial spirit.”

WHAT: Hiring Open House

WHEN: Monday, February 3, 2020 – Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (10:30 AM to 3:00 PM)

WHERE: Arboretum Plaza One, 9442 Capital of Texas Highway North, Suite 900, Austin, TX 78759

About Smith

Founded in 1984, Smith sources, manages, and distributes the electronic components that go into everything from mobile phones and computers to appliances and directional drilling systems. In 16 cities around the world, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, with global annual sales of $1.66 billion. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. The support of Smith’s flexible Intelligent DistributionTM model optimizes customers’ supply chains from beginning to end, including offering customized options for IT asset disposition that deliver maximum ROI, sustainability, and security. Smith’s testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam cover critical areas like quality management, counterfeit prevention, and environmental safety. Smith’s operations, purchasing, and sales worldwide are seamlessly integrated with the company’s global IT infrastructure, offering real-time, global inventory and logistics visibility. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number nine among all global distributors. For more information, please visit https://www.smithweb.com or reach out to a Smith representative any time of day at +1 713.430.3000.hous

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