SARASOTA, Fla. — The Haven, an established non-profit with a 60-year legacy of providing programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, has been awarded 250k through The Able Trust’s Strategic Employment Placement Initiatives grant. Funding from this grant will help support The Haven’s Careers Without Limits program.
According to The Haven’s CEO Brad Jones, “Careers Without Limits will provide students with unique-abilities the opportunity to become valued members of the workplace through job training and career placement that is appropriate for the individual’s education and career goals.” The disability-neutral program supports students residing in Sarasota-Manatee counties with varying types and degrees of physical, sensory, developmental, learning, mental health and/or multiple disabilities.
In 2011, the Federal government eliminated funding for its employment assistance program. Due to lack of funding and available programs, individuals with disabilities face uncertain futures without access to steady work. “The people we serve are more than twice as likely to be unemployed, earn 35 percent less, and are 2.3 times more likely to live in poverty without access to programs like Careers Without Limits,” says Pam Alexander, community employment services coordinator at The Haven. “These individuals require a more personalized array of services to address their employment needs.”
Careers Without Limits assists currently enrolled individuals at State College of Florida and/or University of South Florida-Sarasota/Manatee, the two largest educational institutions in the region, in their transition from post-secondary education to long-term employment by providing counseling, training and placement services. Participants can be referred to the program by the college or they may self-refer. For more details about Careers Without Limits call Pam Alexander at 941-355-8808 x.267 or email palexander@CommunityHaven.org.
About The Haven
The Haven exists as a resource for independence and a champion for inclusion, in all aspects of life, for people with disabilities. Nestled on 32-acres in the heart of Sarasota, The Haven offers programs and services for self-efficacy and independence including: The Selby Preschool, Haven Academy (Grades 9-12), Community Employment Services, Haven Industries Program, Residential Services, Transition and Employment Services. Together, we can create a world where people with disabilities are included and valued members of society. The Haven is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization as established in 1954 by the Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc. For more information, visit CommunityHaven.org.