The Times West Virginian

March 5, 2014

Disability Action Center to receive $10,000 grant

By John Veasey
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Disability Action Center in Fairmont will receive a $10,000 grant from the Bernard McDonough Foundation for Career Readiness

The Career Readiness Program provides support, job training, job coaching and job placement for individuals with disabilities.

The Disability Action Center will be able to provide individualized training and job placement to individuals with disabilities in Marion County and surrounding counties. Individuals must meet eligibility guidelines set forth by the Disability Action Center and West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation.

The Bernard McDonough Foundation supports projects in West Virginia and Ohio, with an emphasis on health and medical, social welfare, and civic and community enterprises.

“We would like to have about 10 to 12 interested individuals that we can work with this year,” Julie Sole said.

“This grant will allow us to hire additional staff to work with these clients in job placement and job coaching and the much-needed follow-up after someone is placed in employment.”

Sole said the Disability Action Center will also purchase additional clerical, janitorial, laundry and food service supplies and training equipment that will allow it to train individuals for the workforce.

“We want to hire people to work with the clients and provide them with much better individualized assistance,” she said.

Bernard McDonough, the Foundation’s benefactor, believed in improving the mind, body and spirit of all people, especially those in need. Through grants, the foundation looks to create a healthier, more educated and culturally appreciative citizenry.

The Disability Action Center’s mission and goals align with the Bernard McDonough Foundation initiatives and “we are so pleased to offer these enhanced career-driven services to our program offerings,” Sole said.

“The Disability Action Center offers work skills assessments in the fields of janitorial, laundry, clerical and food service. In addition, we work with a wide variety of local employers, offering job training and employment in many other occupations.”

The DAC provides individualized planning, training and follow-up to all career readiness participants.

She said that “if you or someone you know could benefit from this valuable opportunity, please contact Disability Action Center at 304-366-3213 or email at jsole @disabilityactioncenter.com.”

Email John Veasey at jcveasey@timeswv.com.