Friday March 20, 2009
JVS Named SWORA's 2008 Rehabilitation Organization of the Year
In recognition of it efforts to provide continuous vocational services to persons in Butler County, Jewish Vocational Service was named SWORA’s 2008 Rehabilitation Organization of the Year. This was the second time JVS has been awarded this honor during the past four years.
The following nomination reviews the activities undertaken and the positive result for persons utilizing these vocational services.
On May 1, 2007 JVS took over the vocational operation of a financially failing agency in Butler County, Ohio. The services assumed by JVS included the operation of two Employment Centers, several mobile work crews, transportation for over 100 consumers, and provision of work for two county board run sheltered workshops. This transition included service provision of one type or another to a total of 356 consumers, 106 in direct service provision, and an additional 240 to whom work was provided.
There were several initial goals set by JVS, all of which centered around assuring continued, uninterrupted and quality services for the individuals being served. These initial goals included:
- To provide services at all locations without interruption or a decrease in program quality.
- To ensure provision of needed supplies to complete work contracts appropriately.
- To maintain relationships with all business customers to ensure continuation of work supply.
- To ensure that all facilities and transportation services were run in a safe manner.
- To maintain open communication with family members, residential providers, funders, etc. regarding changes between JVS and the agency that formerly provided services.
Part of meeting these five goals was achieved by maintaining most of the high quality staff that had been previously delivering effective vocational services.
During the past 9 months the successful transition and integration efforts have created a synergy that has positively impacted on services in both Butler and Hamilton Counties. Some recent achievements that have resulted from this synergy include:
- Opening of the new JVS Employment Center on Symmes Road.
- JVS has expanded employment center capacity to provide service for individuals pursuing work, that were formerly served by the Butler County Board workshops.
JVS has not only been able to maintain services without interruption, but has been able to do so in a way that minimized change and maximized continuity, assured ongoing employment for persons being served and for the staff providing the service, and secured future vocational services in the community for persons with disabilities.