January 31, 2018
The Spaulding Family Foundation is committed to funding organizations that improve the quality of life in the Hamilton County community. They focus on the areas of mental and physical disabilities, substance abuse prevention, and care for women and children subjected to violence or abuse. In reocgnition of its comprehensive support for people with disabilities as they seek community employment, Easterseals' Work and Grow program received a gift of $25,000 from the Spaulding Foundation.
Easterseals' Work and Grow is an initiative designed to provide a supportive transition to community-based employment for people with disabilities.
In this inclusive workforce model, community partners offer part-time employment opportunities combined with socio-recreational experiences. Individuals work a few hours every day and then enjoy a variety of community-based outings that are made available to encourage full community integration. Participants learn transferable work skills and earn minimum wage while enjoying a regular schedule, routine environment, and on-site support staff provided by Easterseals. The Work and Grow program currently offers work sites at five area YMCAs, the Mayerson Jewish Community Center, and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The Work and Grow program has a history of participants who transition into community employment. Participants like Eddie Pope, who has been working full-time at Kroger for more than two years now, and was promoted to Cashier in late 2017.
Easterseals is grateful for the support of the Spaulding Family Foundation and the positive impact it will have on participants for years to come.