By Jonathan Roth, Employer Services Representative
If you are interested in growing your disability-inclusive workforce, the JVS Chicago Talent Referral Team are experts in connecting employers to highly qualified jobseekers with disabilities. We don’t walk away from you or your new hire once we’ve made a placement, but continue our relationship to track new hires and assist with any workplace accommodations to ensure maximum productivity. Why? Because we are vested in making each placement a success for your business.
As consultants who understand how employers think, we stand ready work with your business to create innovative solutions to your hiring needs. We are constantly networking and researching to find the best possible way to put qualified candidates and employers together.
One of our go-to networks is the MERCY Worldwide Workforce Developer Network, an alliance of 35 organizations. JVS Chicago staff, along with staff from member organizations, learn to coordinate employer outreach as a unified sales force to secure more jobs for people with disabilities and to continually grow to meet the evolving needs of employers across a wide range of industries.
With members using this approach, businesses like yours can recruit from a large prescreened pool of job seekers with disabilities to create more disability-inclusive workforces. As part of my agency’s WDN team, I’ve seen this work successfully. In the last year, local employers hired 129 people with disabilities through the WDN.
Members of WDN receive ongoing training on providing relevant disability-employment solutions to employer workforce needs. JVS Chicago recently hosted a training at its downtown Chicago offices.
Jewish Disability Awareness
As an organization, in February JVS Chicago participated in Jewish Disability Awareness Month, “Moving from Awareness to Inclusion” through a number of seminars, events and conferences. The month-long disability awareness efforts culminated on Feb. 26 at National Louis University in Skokie with “Advocacy, Policy and You!” Co-sponsored by JVS Chicago, a half-dozen Jewish social service agencies, the PACE Medicare/Medicaid program and the UIC Department on Disability and Human Development, it was a program for professionals, people with disabilities, their families and the community. The event highlighted success stories in Illinois while examining the impact of national and state policy trends on community living for older adults and people with disabilities.
For more information on what JVS Chicago can do for employers, visit our website.