$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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Sedaru, Inc. is selected for Nevada Irrigation District Enterprise Asset Management

SAN DIMAS, Calif. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Sedaru, Inc. announced today that Nevada Irrigation District-CA (NID or District) has selected Sedaru for a five-year contract to deliver its real-time, enterprise asset and operational management system for NID’s water distribution, treatment plant, hydropower, recreation, watershed, and fleet facilities.

The District was seeking to replace its current system, while extending an asset management framework to previously unsupported facilities. The Hydroelectric Department led a steering team consisting of Department Managers, IT, and consultants to identify and evaluate 10 different solutions prior to making a selection. Categories of criteria used in the evaluation included functional capability, industry fit, viability, and network presence, with goals including documentation and standardization of work processes, developing and centralizing an asset repository, and unifying work-related data within a common platform for its unique inventory of watershed, hydropower, fleet, raw water, and treated water infrastructure assets.

“I am confident that the new Sedaru asset management system will improve our efficiencies and allow us to work across departments and business lines using the same software,” stated Remleh Scherzinger, General Manager, Nevada Irrigation District.

Sedaru will support workshops to review and develop use cases, workflows, and data structures for both horizontal and vertical assets for each District department. Sedaru will integrate with the District’s Esri-based GIS Server to deliver real-time maps, as well as Tyler Munis Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for real-time inventory management and costing analytics. Sedaru will serve as the work order system of record, capturing inventory data from the District’s ERP, and delivering location data from its GIS, to support office and field staff with work plans, work tasks, work orders, service requests, and related, including labor, equipment, and materials.

“We appreciate the District’s extensive selection process and are thankful for the outcome and opportunity to support NID’s progressive asset management initiatives. We’re excited to partner with NID’s team of experts to deliver a unified system for day-to-day work, to facilitate efficient business operations and asset planning for District employees and the customers they serve," said Paul Hauffen, President & CEO, Sedaru, Inc.

NID will receive Sedaru’s Operations Management & Network Intelligence (OMNI™) application as the real-time platform to monitor, dispatch, track, trend, and report on data from across NID’s Hydroelectric, Water Distribution Operations and Maintenance, and Recreation Divisions. Sedaru Connect will integrate with NID’s Tyler Munis ERP, Esri-based GIS Server, as well as fleet-related data to support fleet maintenance. Sedaru Fieldforce will support field staff with preventative and corrective maintenance workflows for hydroelectric and treatment plant facilities, as well as maintenance, recreation, and watershed related assets such as pipelines, valves, hydrants, meters, canals, fleet, trees, brush, wastewater inspection, and quality sampling. Sedaru Outage will facilitate pipeline leak response and support planned shutdowns, while calculating water loss and automating leak reports. Sedaru Studio will support the District’s ongoing, internal updating and maintenance of Sedaru workflows.

About NID: NID is a diversified water resource district that supplies both treated drinking water and irrigation water to nearly 27,000 homes, farms and businesses in Nevada and Placer Counties in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

About Sedaru: Sedaru operates the world’s leading utility management software as the singular, exclusive interface for utilities to access information, automation, and control of the business and assets they run. We do this by creating, automating, and consolidating the digital utility, one workflow, one sensor, one system at a time to bring together the organization’s data, systems, and the people they serve with Sedaru software and services. Request a demo to see how Sedaru can work for your utility: https://sedaru.com/demo/

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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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